Kisumu All Stars youngster Elisha Owino played his first premier league match in round 6 of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season against Mathare United- a match they lost 2-1. A central midfielder, Owino came on for Billy Agai with scores at 2-1, with coach Henry Omino looking to at least grab a point. The visiting Slumboys however, held on to the win.
Owino believes it was a match that they could have won- and it was nothing like he has always imagined top-flight matches to be.
”Before coming on, I had watched the match and thought that it must have really been tough for my teammates. When I came on, I was specifically instructed go in and distribute the balls to the flanks. This I did and I think we could have gotten a goal in the closing stages,” the 20-year-old tells Soka.
The midfielder joined All Stars midway through last season’s National Super League campaign- one that had All stars earn promotion into the top flight. He made his debut against Thika United, a 7-1 whipping of the former premiership side and one that guaranteed All Stars promotion into the Kenyan Premier League side.
He thinks the first win for his club in the KPL will just come if only they can get rid of stage-fright.
”We play well generally and we can win. Here in the KPL there are more experienced players and if we can approach every match with confidence then I am confident we can win,” he adds.
All Stars will next travel to SoNy Sugar for round 7, still searching for a first win and placed 2nd from bottom in the 18-team KPL log. SoNy have dished out walkovers in two successive matches and have to honor the third clash in order not to be kicked out of the league.
The Kisumu side has only amassed one point from the opening six matches, a draw away to Kenya Commercial Bank in week two.