Persistent knee issues force Wazito defender into retirement

Wazito FC defender Dan Apuoyo Owino has decided to hang his boots after 14 years in the game due to a persistent knee injury.

The KPL club announced this through its official portal with the 33 year old Owino set to take up a new role as the club’s Team Manager.

“I have decided to call it a day.  It’s hard to say goodbye to my biggest dream (football) but I have to due to a niggling knee injury, I feel it’s time to move on to other things,” Owino said.

Owino spent 10 of his 14 years in the game at Wazito and was part of the club’s success from the lower leagues to the top tier.

A decade

“It has been a decade at the club, I have been part of every achievement and challenge. We moved from the lower leagues to the top tier over the years. I am proud to have been part of all that. Making our debut in the Kenyan Premier League in 2018 was the highlight of my career I will always cherish that.”

The diminutive fullback worked under a host of coaches at Wazito, one of them being Francis Xavier who has taken the time to shower Owino with praises, describing him as the most committed player he has ever worked with.

“Discipline, hard work and commitment, that’s how I can describe him,” Xavier stated, “I do not think I have worked with a more committed player. His discipline and commitment is something upcoming players should emulate. It’s a shame that he has decided to retire now, I believe he should have carried on for two or three more years. But now that he has decided to call it a day. I want to wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Current Wazito CEO Dennis Gicheru ascended to the position after sustaining a knee injury midway through last season as the team gained promotion to the KPL. He has however not called time on his playing career and took up the role as he continues with his rehabilitation.