Calabar voted Vice Captain

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The 2013 Goal Kenya Player of the Year takes up the task from Moses ‘Dube’ Odhiambo and will deputize for goalkeeper Jerim Onyango in upcoming season

2013 Goal Kenya Player of the Year David ‘Calabar’ Owino has been appointed the deputy captain at Kenya Premier League champions Gor Mahia.

Owino, who beat a host of players among them Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama to the inaugural trophy, replaces Moses ‘Dube’ Odhiambo and will deputize for goalkeeper Jerim Onyango in coming season.

Odhiambo is among players to have been released by K’Ogalo and has since left for trials in South Africa with unknown club after penning a deal with Thika United.

“I want to thank Gor Mahia management more so the technical bench for giving me the opportunity to be deputy captain. I was not expecting to be bestowed with such a great honor but I now expect and promise to do my best,” Owino told Goal.

“We have a huge season coming up and our target is to do well in Caf Champions League and also make sure that we retain the premiership title. We have a good team now and with the arrival of new signings, we are ready to deliver positive results.”

Gor Mahia face Sofapaka in Kenya Charity Cup tournament on Sunday at Nyayo Stadium. The other match will pit GOtv Shield Cup champions AFC Leopards’ against Mathare United.

Jerim Confident of lifting Charity cup

K’Ogalo captain and goalkeeper reveals to Goal that they have what it takes to clinch Kenya Charity Cup trophy at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday

Gor Mahia captain Jerim Onyango believes the team has what it takes to win Sunday’s Kenya Power Charity Cup.

The team takes on defending champions in the opener and Onyango remains confident they will get past their opponents.

“Last year, we reached the final. This time around we are looking at lifting the trophy. The fact is we have a strong squad that is capable of winning the trophy,” Onyango told Goal.

Gor Mahia lost to Sofapaka on post-match penalties in the final of last year’s tournament which was also the inaugural edition.

Onyango says winning this year’s edition remains important to Gor Mahia as it will boost their performance in the first round of their continental assignment.

Apart from Gor Mahia and Sofapaka, other teams that will take part in the Charity Cup are AFC Leopards’ and Mathare United, who play in the other semi-final.

18 thoughts on “Calabar voted Vice Captain

  1. best of luck but i do not think the preparation for the Africa scene was up to standard. the league start date should be changed. these guys will be against teams who have been continuously active. taken into account that kenya did not qualify for Chan, the long rest will tell it all. high time football adminstrators changed the league dates and model the league to the european ones. and this is not just a matter of changing dates. check how many matches the european is playing vis a vis the kenyan counterpart. the kenyan player despite playing fewer matches tires much faster and needs his december rest.fails to qualify for any africa competition further lengthening his rest period. gor needs to qualify for africa cup for the next three years straight, assuming that harambee stars does not abandon it’s everlasting SLUMMBER project, to make any major impact in africa.

  2. Congrats to Owino for the appointment. My request to you is that now avoid those unnecessary rough tackles that may one day lead you to be red card carded or you may even cause serious injury to your opponent.I admire your effort and how you give your all to the team.Keep on with the good work it will pay.

  3. We salute you “King” David. Its a good reward for your efforts & achievements.
    Jagoal, this is a knockout tourney so pliz when we go for penalties give Bataro a chance.
    In fact in my view it would be good if for such a “minor” tournament we try out Bataro of even Juma.
    @ Dinga for CAF let’s just hope for the best and pray that the team pulls a surprise. Like I said let it be a learning curve lakini CECAFA,TPL & GoTv hizo ni zetu.

  4. I think its a matter of hardwork and discipline though players all over the world struggle to gain form at the start of seasons.

    I remember Sofapaka did some wonders recently in the CAF tournament under the same league format, let the boys guard against overzealous off field behaviour and focus on their careers and all shall be well.

  5. Thanx @Oduor 12 may he R.I.P.

    First congrats r in order 4 Calabar personally he was my best player 2013.

    Secondly i want 2 react to @Le Pastre predictions in previous article particulaly on Ingwe finishing 3rd. Bro Le remember last season u said Ingwe would come a distant 4th but wat happend…..? u r at it again,but i ont comment i will remind after the season ends. But looking at our perfomance we have improved from no. 5 to 3 and 2 in 2011,12 n 13 respectively n we will get better this season.

    Finally i do have my reservations about some of our new signings but again am optimistic they will perform and unlike Gor who had several of ur top players leave we only released bench playrs n the signings r just reinforcements. Thanx semeji n c u on sunday at the ‘Den’.

  6. @Bill Wabz where do you place the Mighty Gor Mahia when you use statistics to infer that The Leopard will get better this season? Bill the word of God (the bible) states clearly that cursed is he who trusts on man…and Papa Walubengo is a man, my brother Bill. Talk to the ‘Den’; we in K’Ogalo love Efusi and we wish not to see any member of that great club ‘stricken’ with a divine curse. Did you read God’s wrath when he overturned papa Walubengo powers in the Mapinduzi Cup?

  7. To King David, well deserved. To Le Capitaine, confidence is key. Bt Iddi shd put u through some intense penalty kick drill. U n we really need it

  8. Congrats to Calabar, this confirms your leadership skills and high level of discipline the you exhibits. You manifests and deliberately display great leadership skills both in the pitch and off the pitch. Keep it up Calabar, you are our great leader.

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