“Nostalgic.” That’s how David Owino described the sensation when he performed towards his former membership donning a Napsa Stars jersey.
Owino signed for Napsa Stars a number of weeks in the past, however it’s at Gor Mahia that he made the title that noticed him develop into the primary Kenyan participant to affix paid ranks in Zambia in 2015 signing for Zesco.
His success there has opened the door for over a dozen Kenyan footballers to the Zambian league, some with marked success whereas others have flopped.
“I’m blissful Zambia introduced me with a possibility to develop my profession, however it’s Gor Mahia who I owe the whole lot to,” Owino mentioned in an interview.
“However whereas it was awkward taking part in towards Gor Mahia, and really nostalgic, I’m knowledgeable and was doing my job as a Napsa participant. That is soccer and as a participant there isn’t any room for feelings,” he added.
Owino joined Gor Mahia from the defunct Karuturi Sports activities in 2012 and have become an prompt hit, taking his place in central and proper again positions within the Gor Mahia defence.
He was to assist Gor Mahia win its first league title after 18 years in 2013 and by the point he left on the finish of the 2014 season, Gor had been again to their roaring finest successful the league once more.
“I’m happy with what I achieved at Gor Mahia particularly successful the league for the primary time in 2013, it was the most effective second not just for me and in my profession but additionally for the Ok’Ogalo nation. It’s one thing we as gamers and followers will always remember contemplating the membership had waited 18 lengthy years for such success.”
“Only a few gamers have received the Kenyan Premier League title and I’m proud to be one among them and I owe that achievement to Gor Mahia.”
Nicknamed Calabar for his exploits within the Nigerian metropolis of Calabar when Kenya performed the mighty Tremendous Eagles, Owino says Zambian soccer has given him nice publicity.
“There’s a lot professionalism in Zambia league. The golf equipment are additionally managed properly and the gamers given a lot precedence.
“I really feel fairly at dwelling in Zambia. It’s my second dwelling although I do know once I lastly finish my profession there, I’ll return to Kenya and probably play for Gor Mahia or some other membership that can be excited about me. However for now I’m a Napsa participant and that’s the place my allegiance is.
Now 32, Owino spent six profitable years at Zesco successful 5 league titles earlier than opting to not renew his contract on the finish of the 12 months. At Zesco he helped the staff make it to the Group section of the Caf inter-club competitions on three events together with in 2016 when the Ndola giants made historical past as they stormed the semi-finals of the Champions League solely to be eradicated by eventual winners Mamelodi Sundowns.
“We had a really formidable aspect at Zesco. It’s a disgrace we didn’t win the Caf Champions League, however I’m happy with what we achieved. I’m trying ahead to lifting the Confederations Cup with Napsa this time spherical. We now have ready properly and we all know we will obtain a lot.”
Whereas it was anticipated that he might rejoin Gor Mahia, he determined to affix the pensioners, who’re additionally dwelling to a different ex Ok’Ogalo goalkeeper Shaban Odhoji.
At Napsa, Owino is probably the most skilled participant and the one one to have performed in continental championships. The Napsa staff is made up of rookies, three of the gamers solely having fun with lower than ten nationwide caps bought from the Zambian Chan staff in comparison with Owino’s 62.
This Napsa aspect is simply making its debut in Caf competitors and is closely counting on Owino’s expertise to encourage them to the group section on the expense of his former membership.
What is going to he do ought to he rating towards Gor Mahia within the two-legged conflict?
“I can’t rejoice if I rating. It is a particular tie for me. On one hand I’m taking part in for Napsa and I need us to win and to maneuver to the subsequent stage, however it’ll even be unhappy for me to be a part of a staff that blocks Gor Mahia’s surge to the group stage. However that is soccer.”
The second leg of the tie to be performed in Lusaka is ready for the February 21 on the Nationwide Heroes Stadium.