Owino looking forward to facing former club

Owino looking forward to facing former club
David Owino of Kenya

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jan 14, 2021. 14:00

Kenyan international defender David Owino Odhiambo says he is looking forward to coming up against his former club in the next round of the CAF Confederation Cup.

Owino has recently joined Zambia’s NAPSA Stars and will have the chance to take on Kenya’s Gor Mahia, a team he played for from 2012 to 2015, when the clubs meet in the playoff round of the second-tier continental competition.

The 32-year-old Harambee Stars defender says he still has affection for K’Ogalo, but is determined to help his Zambian side advance to the group phase.

“CAF matches are the biggest in Africa and as a player, it has always been my target to play in the group stage every season,” Owino told Nation Sport. “It is always good to play against players and a team you are familiar with.

“Even though I am a Gor Mahia fan and former player, loyalty won’t count in February as I will fight for NAPSA Stars to ensure we qualify for the group stages. We have very experienced players and I am confident we shall win in both legs and qualify for the group stage.”

On why he decided to stay in Zambia after leaving Zesco United, Owino explained: “Players are really respected here in Zambia and many of them take football as a serious career. In Kenya, there is a lot of politics in football, and players’ lack of pay is the order of the day.”

The first leg of the Confederation Cup playoff tie is set for February 14 in Nairobi, with the return game a week later in Lusaka.

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