10 Jan 12

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

Former Gor Mahia skipper Julius “Awilo” Owino was shell shocked on Monday evening after learning that he had been axed from the squad. Owino says he heard the news through the media and so far he has not received any communication.

A nagging injury kept him out of football last season and after recovering late last season, he was hoping he will slowly regain his form with a club he has played for since 2002-2003 season.

“I joined Gor Mahia during the 2002-2003 season from Utalii. Many clubs have over the years expressed their interest in my services but I chose to stick here because of the passion I have for this club”

Owino dutifully attended the Gor Mahia training on Tuesday hoping to get an official communication.

“I have so far been here waiting for information but no one has told me anything. I expect the bad news but I want this officially communicated”

Asked on what his next move would be Owino said,

“I don’t even know. I did not expect this but I leave it to God to guide me through. Am sure He has great plans for me”

From Futaa.com

In a past appearance at a Churchill Live show after the 2010 season, when Gor Mahia had just completed a thrilling season, long serving Gor Mahia defender Julius Awilo Owino was asked if he could switch if offered a huge package by Sofapaka. His response then was not just negative, the player’s response showed his love for the club and unwavering commitment too.

Unhappy ending

However, on Monday 9 January, the defender’s name appeared among the players dropped from the team in a twist that very few had expected, effectively ending his colourful stay with the 12 time champions.

In an emotional interview with futaa.com, the former Kenyan international declared his love for the club but was at a loss over how the whole situation was carried out. Despite the development, however, he vowed to give all loyalty to the club as an appreciation of what the club has enabled him achieve in his career.

-Everything in life has an end, and always we say change is inevitable. Am fine with being dropped from the team because I know the management has to work with a plan. However, the way this whole issue was conducted leaves a lot to be desired.

Sacrifices

-I have given many sacrifices for this team, I have been there for Gor during difficult times…rejecting big offers for the team I will always be there for. I have a feeling they should have looked at where we have come from before making these decisions.

The born again defender says as early as last season he had seen this coming and was prepared for everything but still gave his all for the team and wishes the club all the best in the coming season.

-Through my prayers I had seen this coming last season when I was down injured, but I am a professional, I still gave my all to the team and the technical bench and even in the coming season I know it will be hard for them in the continental and domestic assignments but I wish them all the best. Where I can support emotionally or materially I will do, he said.

Awilo also said he will always be there for Gor Mahia in good and bad times since the team has enabled him go far as a footballer, top of which he says was featuring for the national team.

-I have represented my country loyally and with a lot of pride but not for a moment did I forget that it is through Gor Mahia that I found my way to the national team, he added.

Years of service

Referring to Awilo as a long serving defender might not just hold the relevant importance, but this is a player who has dedicated a decade of his life not just as a Gor Mahia player but also captain after moving from Utalii FC.

The story of Julius Owino begs the question: Is this the way the career ends for such a veteran; a defender with 19 caps for his country and two goals?


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13 Comments.

  • VINCENT OCAMPO says:

    Awilo you deserve something better ADMIN say something on Awilo issue please

  • Otuol Otuol says:

    Its very unfortunate that a great player and an important asset as far as spiritual support is concerned can be treated like that. Where are we heading? Why cant we in good time prepare players before they are dropped. i am very disjointed in the management. Please this is a full time job and not everyone can play football and some of the people in management did not and they know this. why are we messing other peoples career?

  • Vincent Ocampo says:

    Awilo is a legend.we give him the respect he deserve please ADMIN.

  • mwakio says:

    This Admin leaves a lot to be desired. All dropped players were supposed to have been briefed first but not rushing to press like headless chichen. I’m just very dissapointed with Admin on how insentitive they are to the players.

    I think there is lack of maturity on how such sensitive matters are being handled. The onerous is on the admin to talk to players before giving them termination letters.

    The other I have noted is the we do not official spokesperson to handle all aspects of communication intiatives and PR of the club. I have been reading Ngala, Nyadenga, Bwana, Faiz etc. Who is in charge of the club’s official communication?

  • Pod Antie says:

    Awilo shud be rewarded with some role in the club, may b this is the time to focus on the youth team with Awilo as the head. We must not let him go like that.

  • Jackowili says:

    Eii!…

  • Joe Riaga says:

    The officials did not even have enough class to inform him personally. The poor felloow found out on the streets. Very sad after his many years of diligent service.

  • Ochigah says:

    Its very unfortunate not only for Awilo but all the players as the information came almost when transfer window is closing. Haji lost her mum (RIP) and i’m sure as he was going on with the arrangment he was sure of a place in GM just for the sad news to be unleashed. For Awilo he can be given the role of chief scout to rove around the country looking for raw talent to recruit

  • Leonard Mmata says:

    So hard to take.

  • felix obi says:

    adminstration get up and dont demorolise our players with such a sent off to a veteran player like awilo we are waching u keenly awilo has dedicated his life in kogallo alafu asante ni ya punda

  • Ben KOgendi Mireri says:

    where is professionalism. the admin need to take the feeling of players into account.Its very important that admin and players discuss such issues before they are made public.

    this is an infringement/mistreatment.
    players get injured and sometimes if affects their performance after recovery but what do admin. need to in such a case? i don’t agree with inhuman ways like sending away unceremoniously like you did to Awilo. IS SOMEONE READING?

  • ODUOR12 says:

    Dear fans/bloggers we can only influence such K’galo matters as an assertive commercailly oriented branch.READ N DIGEST JAKOJERA 9’S COMMENTS ON THE PREVIOUS POST!

  • Jasidindi(Jemoh) says:

    Have mercy on Awilo. He is a true Kogalo legend. As true Kogalo faithfuls, we should honour this guy for the dedication he had for the club.