AFC Leopards Sports Club are up and about in Mumias for their pre-season camp and among the faces in coach Cassa Mbungo’s early sessions is one Marvin Nabwire Omondi- a teenage sensation in his first season at the club but who has since been missing in action after undergoing knee surgery in April.
The 18-year-old attacking midfielder, however, says he is not fully back- just not yet, and maybe not until the 2019-20 Kenyan Premier League season has begun.
”There are things I could not do a couple of weeks ago but now I can do them and that’s a sign of improvement,” he tells Soka in an exclusive interview.
”I need to get some muscles back working so I joined the team in light training, did a little gym work and relaxed in the swimming pool,” he adds.
The former Green Commandos prodigy endured a torn meniscus in his left knee and an anterior cruciate ligament tear- the two, inevitably sending him to the surgeon’s table where he was operated on in April- three months after that unfortunate incident against Sofapaka. The 2018-19 KPL season was just beginning.
He says it pained him to see his club struggle through the season- when there was nothing he could do. Leopards eventually ended the season placed 11th on the log, and with a very thin squad as a result of injuries to the playing unit.
”The injury has taken a whole season from me and it felt bad. When I saw my teammates playing and I could not, I would become very emotional,” he says.
His surgeon recommended a 9-month leave from football after the surgery and he is only in his third. The skillful midfielder, however, feels he can make an early return going by the progress he has been noticing from the knee.
Leopards will begin the new KPL season with a Kakamega fixture that pits them against hosts Kakamega Homeboyz FC on September 1st. Last time the two locked horns here, Ingwe went down 3-0.