Owino angling at more playtime after Leopards’ defeat

Elisha Owino has now come off the bench three times for Kisumu All Stars, his only appearances in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL), and he is thrilled with his output whenever summoned.

Despite seeing his side go down to AFC Leopards at home in their last match, the former Kisumu Day High School midfielder believes he has developed at a personal level and it is only a matter of time before he becomes a starter at the side that has now lost five successive matches.

All Stars, now temporarily without a head coach as Arthur Opiyo who had taken over from Henry Omino left his position after the Leopards clash, languish at the lower reaches of the log after 18 rounds of the Kenyan Premier League. Owino says this can change.

”We have been terrible but that does not mean that we cannot change in the remaining matches. The teams above us on the log aren’t far off so there’s a lot of hope,” the youngster tells Soka.

The Leopards game was coach Opiyo’s last with the team and Owino reveals that he had asked them to give him a decent send-off. This, however, was not to be as the visiting Leopards ran with a 2-0 win and even had the luxury of fluffing two penalties. Soka understands that Opiyo is set to return to his base in Germany after his brief visit to his hometown Kisumu.

Elisha Owino races towards the bench before being sent in against Kakamega Homeboyz [IMAGE- Fabian Odhiambo]
Owino, on the other hand, is grateful for the gradual increase of playtime at the club that he joined straight from school, and believes it can only get better. On Saturday, Coach Opiyo threw him in for Martin Oduor in the hope of salvaging something from the tie.

”I have now featured three times and all those matches were very tough. My first was against Mathare United and then away to Kakamega Homeboyz. My confidence level is going up and in future, with more game time, I trust that I will make an impact,” he adds.

All Stars are second from bottom on the 18-team KPL log with eight points from 18 matches. With Sony Sugar FC already demoted from the top division, second from bottom means they occupy a relegation play-off position. Nzoia Sugar FC and Wazito FC are only three points above All Stars.