Finally, defender Philemon Otieno can afford to smile after full recovery from knee surgery he had last year after picking an injury during an international match against Tanzania in August 2019.
It’s that kind of a smile that any professional footballer would wish to have after being sidelined for months and to him, it was that kind of injury that needed mental strength among other crucial things to overcome.
“It has not been easy for me because the nature of my injury needed a lot of mental strength – it takes a long time to recover with a lot of activities involved. I thank God, my family members, some national team players, Gor Mahia management and KEFWA for their support,” said Philemon who was an integral part of the squad both in local competitions as well as in CAF continental matches.
The right-back defender who joined the club from Ushuru FC says that the recovery journey has not been easy. “After surgery, I had a well laid down program which included physios and the hardest bit of it was to train four times a week.”
Perhaps the Covid-19 pandemic was a blessing in disguise to Philemon as the off-season break gave him an easy time to recover and train to regain his fitness.
“I think with this Coronavirus pandemic, l had such an easy time to fully recover at my own pace and start the private training sessions without pressure. I feel am very fine at the moment and can’t wait for football to resume.”Attachments area