Striker Cavine Odongo and his captain Joackins Atudo are set to undergo surgery tomorrow- Tuesday 24th at the Nairobi Spine and Orthopaedic Center- a recommendation aided by their club Posta Rangers FC.
Odongo- who previously sat out three months of Kenyan Premier League (KPL) action with his former club Kariobangi Sharks due to rehab, aggravated his old knee knock against AFC Leopards this year- a fixture the mailmen lost 3-1. He had to be stretchered off and treated in the ambulance on the day. A week later, a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan would reveal a grade two tear.
”I was advised to stay our for three months since it was just a grade two tear. It would heal by itself. After the said period I again went for check-up and there was some improvement.
After two more weeks, I was told, it would be completely healed. This was not the case though after the two weeks,” Odongo reveals to Soka in an interview.
There was only one available option for the once budding youngster if he was to resume playing any time soon, and that was the surgeon’s table. The club- through the Postal Corporation management, sought out Nairobi Spine and Orthopaedic Center for its services and Odongo and his captain have since been booked, ready to face the knife.
They were particularly referred to one Dr J.M Mailu, a Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon.
”The doctor looked at the previous reports and concluded that if in the time that I had been assigned I had not healed completely, surgery would be my best shot,” adds Odongo.
He had only played half of Rangers’ matches for last season when that unfortunate knock sent him off and he sees this a reason for him to bounce back stronger after healing.
”It is a setback, especially for me because I will be sitting out for another long time. Personally, I want to see this as just an obstacle that is meant to push me to work harder when I come back.
I thank the Postal Corporation for the immense support they have shown to us and I will give my very best when I heal,” concludes Odongo.
His captain- Atudo- goes out with an ACL tear from training and Rangers will also miss his services at the heart of defense.
Odongo had contributed in seven goals for the mailmen by the time of his premature exit from the 2018-19 scene. He has also featured for the national team Harambee Stars in an international friendly against Liberia in 2017.
Posta Rangers began the 2019-20 KPL season with a 3-1 humbling of Sofapaka but stuttered against Kakamega Homeboyz in week 2, drawing 1-1 before losing their round three encounter against Western Stima FC by one goal to nil. They next play Bandari FC in Mombasa.