One of the things that makes Maurice Ojwang- a new recruit at Gor Mahia FC, a happy man is not only the fact that he gets to play for a big club but also the prospect of linking up with his mentor Joash Onyango. Ojwang, shipped in from Western Stima FC, joins Onyango at Gor three seasons after the two last played together for Stima in 2016.
He has always wanted this kind of reunion and is happy it became a reality.
”I have always wanted to play with him again but I never knew it could happen. Joash is my role model in football so it feels great because he is the one he gave me the confidence with which I play in the top flight currently,” he tells Soka.
The 22-year-old made his debut for the Kisumu Powermen in central midfield back in 2015, and was quickly redeployed to central defense in the team’s next encounter. This was to be his first time playing with the former West Kenya Sugar FC man- a 1-1 draw against Chemelil Sugar. It was a draw alright, but Ojwang insists it is the one match that turned things around for him- and to a large extent, their partnership in central defense.
”I remember that match against Chemelil Sugar well, we drew 1-1 and it was just my second match because I had made my debut the previous week against SoNy Sugar.
”I took a lot of instructions from Joash and even though there were only three matches remaining to finish the league, they were very important because the following season, we played all matches.” continues the man who attends his first Gor Mahia training on Monday 29th.
He says to join Gor Mahia is a no brainer. They have approached him in the past but things never went as planned, and now that he is there, the CAF Champions League is something that excites him much.
”It wasn’t a tough decision, Gor is a big team and no player can say no. they wanted me before but it did not happen so when it came back I had to leave.
”I have never played in the continental competitions so I am very excited to be in a position to play with Gor, not o mention winning of local trophies,” he concludes.
The champions, who have been drawn against Burundian side Aigle Noir CS in the CAF Champions League preliminary rounds, have Tusker FC as their first opponents in the domestic league on September 1st.