The Star (Nairobi)

7 December 2012

Kenya: Joining Tusker? Not Me

Gor Mahia defender David Owino has laughed off speculation that he is about to ditch K'Ogallo for Tusker, one of their fiercest competitors and the team that pipped them to the Kenya Premier League title.

"I have not heard anything of that sort," Owino said curtly when asked about the alleged interest from the brewers coach Robert Matano. The Gor defender has been one of the key players in national team Harambee Stars for the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.

He has formed a formidable defensive partnership with Tusker hardman Joakins Atudo. Owino only became a regular at k'Ogallo in the last few weeks of the season due, in large part, to the injury of first choice right back Solomon Nasio. However, his performances for Kenya have enhanced his reputation as a no nonsense centre half with a penchant for overlapping when he gains possession.

Matano has made it clear he wants to strengthen his side before the new season and also ahead fo their CAF Champions League fixtures next year.

The brewers coach was in Kampala in the first week of the Cecafa tournament keeping tabs on his players including Atudo and another revelation for the Kenyan team, David 'Cheche' Ochieng.

It has also emerged the brewers coach was scouting for players to boost the depth of his squad with Uganda Cranes left back Geoffrey Walusimbi a target to fill the left defensive position after the departure of Isaac 'Lefty' Otieno.

On Wednesday, Matano sent nine players packing including Githurai bred Lefty Otieno, Dennis Mukaisi, midfielder Crispin Olando who has been dogged by injuries over the last 18 months, David Nyanzi, Andrew Murunga, Charles Odette and Nigerian striker Joseph Emeka.

Olando, the former Thika playmaker has already attracted interest from several top flight clubs with AFC Leopards, Gor Mahia, Sofapaka and Bandari believed to be leading the chase for him.

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