Olwande returns to training after five months

Samuel Olwande in action during training at Goan Institute grounds on Monday, April 15, 2019.

Samuel Olwande trained with the rest of the team on Monday morning for the first time in five months.

Olwande, who underwent surgery on his right knee to correct a third degree meniscus tear in October last year, received a warm welcome from his teammates at Goan Institute as he joined them for a light recovery session.

6_2.jpgOlwande passes the ball during training. 

“It feels good to be back. I have really missed playing football so it’s wonderful to kick the ball again. I have really learnt a lot during this period. It’s important to be patient and to have a positive mentality,” said Olwande.

“You have to work hard during the therapy sessions even when you feel like giving up because you want to recover in good time,” he added.

2_4.jpgOlwande battles for an aerial ball with Tyson Otieno during training. 

His return will certainly give head coach Francis Kimanzi more options defensively but the utility defender wants to return when fully fit.

“I don’t want to rush then suffer another setback since I have seen it happening to other players with similar injuries. I am targeting the last five games,” offered Olwande with a grin.

1_7.jpgOlwande (right) vies for the ball with Harun Junior during training. 

Physiotherapist Wycliffe Omom was hugely impressed by Olwande’s recovery.

“He is on schedule. We are going to monitor him closely in the next two weeks to assess his fitness and also boost his confidence. He should be ready to play by next month,” said Omom who doubles up as the national team physio.