Wise Calls For Caution Ahead Of Career Milestone
Mathare United Skipper George Owino has urged his teammates not to underrate Nakumatt ahead of the Round 9 league match set to be played at the Ruaraka Grounds on Wednesday.
Owino, who has played the full 90 minutes of the eight league matches so far, has showed no signs of age with solid displays at the heart of defence where he has been deployed alongside youngster Johnstone Omurwa.
As he turns 37 tomorrow, the experienced center half believes there should be no margin for error against Anthony Mwangi’s charges who have been hit hard by financial challenges that have left them at 15th place with 6 points.
“It’s difficult to play when you have no money in your pockets and it’s unfortunate that Nakumatt players have been going through that for a long time now. However that does not mean that they are an easy side to beat,” said Owino.
“They are an experienced team and we have to approach them cautiously. We have to convert our chances and defend as a team,” he added.
An appearance tomorrow will mean Wise has played more than a decade of topflight football. It will be his 96th appearance for Mathare United since he joined the club in January 2015.
“People have been talking about my retirement but passion keeps me going. It’s a good feeling to be the leader of such a wonderful group,” offered the former Kenyan international with a glowing smile.
On the prospects of winning the league this year, he remains adamant that it’s still early days.
“The league is more competitive this year because the gap between the top five teams is very small. We have performed better this season after struggling last season. So it is just a matter of being consistent and see where it takes us. Our primary target is a top 8 finish,” underlined Owino.