Wise Lauds “Captain Fantastic” Olwande

Mathare United defender Samuel Olwande protests to a match official in a past league match at the Camp Toyoyo.

Skipper George “Wise” Owino has expressed his admiration for Samuel Olwande who has been leading the team in his absence.

Owino, a pillar at the heart of defence, has been missing in action for eight weeks due to a broken toe suffered in the Round 12 match against Wazito played at the Camp Toyoyo on April 21.

In his absence, a reorganization of the back four proved inevitable and Olwande was moved to central defence and also handed the armband.

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Speaking upon his return to training, Owino was full of praise for Olwande adding that his partnership with Johnstone Omurwa has been brilliant.

Character 

“I was impressed by how they performed in my absence because they showed a lot of character. Olwande did a good job leading the team and it will not be easy to return to the first team. They have a very good understanding (with Omurwa) and I have to work really hard to regain my place,” said Owino.

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For the eight matches that Owino has been away, the team has only picked one win and dropped 14 points in the process. That run has left the Slum Boys third on the log with 33 points, seven shy of league leaders Gor Mahia.

However Owino believes that they can still mount a strong title challenge in the second leg.

Winning ways 

“All is not lost. We can still win the league but we have to get back to winning ways. It is all about taking our chances because many teams will want to do well against us in the second leg,” he added.