UGANDAN defender Joseph Owino is desperate to leave Mainland Premier League side Azam FC, frustrated by lack of playing opportunities.
The former Simba defender feels that he is a surplus to requirements at the 'Ice Cream makers' side, and for him a better choice is to terminate contract with the club or return to Uganda for a loan move at his former club -- Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
"I don't know what the club is up to, as far as I'm concerned, the club doesn't want me to be here anymore, and I feel it will be better for them to get rid of me or allow me to try my luck somewhere else," said the towering defender.
He complained that his chances of playing have even been limited in training sessions, where coach often ignores him and he's forced to train alone. "I've requested the club's management to consider terminating my contract or allow me to leave on loan to URA...they should respect my ambitions," said Owino.
When reached for comments, Azam Manager Patrick Kahemele said he has no knowledge of the complaint because he had been away for sometimes (for honeymoon). "I've just returned yesterday (Wednesday), I know nothing," he said.
Owino joined Azam in August last year after a long spell out of injury. The 28-year-old defender, who has endured an injury-plagued career, agreed terms with Azam which also included an operation that was performed in India. Owino is highly rated by Ugandan Cranes coach Bobby Williamson but injury has limited his opportunities of representing the country.
He was ruled out for the rest of the 2010/2011 season due to a cartilage defect in his knee and was referred to Dr Sachin Tapasvi through his coach in Uganda, where a repair of knee articular cartilage lesions was performed in Pune, India. Owino was the darling of Simba fans during his two seasons spell at the Msimbazi Street team, of which, he formed a formidable central defence partnership with sturdy Juma Nyosso.
His departure at Simba has since left the 'Reds' defence vulnerable as Simba is still struggling to find a perfect replacement.
Meanwhile, the agent of Former Kenyan Premier League Player of the Year, George 'Blackberry' Odhiambo has denied speculation that Azam have terminated his contract after he missed training.
According to the SuperSport.com, Ed Stoner (Blackberry's Agent) wrote on his twitter handle: "George Odhiambo still has a valid contract with Azam, which they must respect, and has not joined Mtibwa Sugar as reported." "George missed three days of training due to illness, which Shikanda told the Head Coach and Doctor about on the first day of absence."
"George had no problems with the previous coach, as purported. Stewart Hall describes George as a "great lad" and "hard worker."
"Since the sacking of Stewart Hall (former coach), sources inside the club have had serious qualms over business practices of Azam FC."
"Azam have not terminated George's contract as reported, and George has not committed an offence that would justify them doing so." "As far as I am aware, this move has not been sanctioned by Bakhresa (club owners). All have solid business acumen, morals and patience."