Wise Glad To Return, Eyes Century

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Mathare United skipper George Owino (left) walks to the pitch alongside Bandari skipper Felly Mulumba ahead of kick off in the Round 21 league match played on Saturday, June 30, 2018.

Skipper George “Wise” Owino is elated to be back in action as he closes in on his 100th appearance for the club.

Owino, who was sidelined for more than two months due to a broken toe injury, made a return to the first team in the Round 21 match against Bandari where he played alongside Samuel Olwande at the heart of defence.

However his return did not halt our recent streak of draws as the tie ended 1-1 at the Mbaraki Grounds on Saturday thanks to a spectacular free kick from Ahmed Ahmad.

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Plus 

“It feels good to be back because I took my time to recover fully. A draw is not a bad result because we were playing away under difficult conditions. That point is a plus,” said Owino.

The 37 year old, who joined the club in January 2015, clinched his 99th club appearance against Bandari and he can’t wait to claim his century.

Home 

“This club will always be home to me. (Stanley) Okumbi signed me when I was struggling to regain my fitness after a nasty knee injury. He showed confidence in me and that was really encouraging. It is rare for a club to sign a 34 year old in such a condition,” opened up an emotional Owino.

Big achievement 

 “Making 100 appearances will be a big achievement because it is not easy to play for one club for that long. Hopefully I will be selected for our next match and we win it,” he added.

Wise has been a first team regular since joining from Sofapaka and was handed the armband in 2016 when Francis Kimanzi took over from Okumbi.

It will be a special occasion for the captain if he starts against his former employers Sofapaka on Sunday at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.