Kenyan international Philemon Otieno has thanked Gor Mahia management for giving him another chance to revive his career after renewing his contract while still injured.
Otieno, who suffered a knee injury (ACL) while on a national duty playing for Harambee Stars in the return leg tie of the African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier against Tanzania on August 4 2019, was offered a one-year extension deal while still in the treatment room.
Though the Covid-19 pandemic has delayed Otieno’s comeback after being sidelined for almost seven months, Otieno is grateful to K’Ogalo management for having faith in him.
“I had received a lot of offers from different clubs but everything changed after I suffered the injury. It would have been difficult for me to sign for another club while injured,” said Otieno.
“But I am grateful to the Gor Mahia management for showing trust in me and giving me a chance to revive my career. My contract was running out, but they considered my situation and offered me a new deal.
“This was a great decision for me because it will be easier for me to regain my form in a familiar environment. These are people I have known for a while and we understand each other better.”
Otieno, who joined Gor Mahia in 2017, termed the injury as the toughest moment in his career so far.
“Honestly, that was the toughest period ever in my career. It was challenging. I was drained financially, physically and mentally, but I’m grateful I overcame the situation. My body has been responding well since I resumed training in February. I can’t wait to get back to action again,” he said.Attachments area