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Leopards receives another huge boost days after securing Betika deal

by Paul Nyongesa
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Leopards receives another huge boost days after securing Betika deal

AFC Leopards winger Jaffari Odenyi Owiti has resumed training after recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament tear that sidelined him for over year.

This will now act as a big boost to the Patrick Aussems led side which secured a three-year sponsorship deal with giant gaming firm Betika last week.

Owiti suffered the injury during their FKF Cup quarter-final clash against league champions Tusker at Ruaraka grounds on June 9, 2021.

Leopards edged out Tusker by a solitary goal in the contest. The pacy winger missed the remainder of that season as well as the whole of last season, which Leopards finished fifth.

Owiti said he is happy to be back to playing football and thanked the club leadership for their financial support as he recuperated.

“It’s been a journey. I appreciate everyone who stood by me through my recovery path. Your support meant a lot and it feels great to be back strong. A big thank you to our club patron Mr. Alex Muteshi and our chairman Dan Shikanda for ensuring I got all that I needed.  My regards to the AFC Leopards family for the support. Be blessed,” said Odenyi.

The 23-year-old should be available for Ingwe’s first match of the 2022/23 season which kicks off on August 27.

“He is working hard in training. Though it has been hard for him when he was out, I’m optimistic he will return to full fitness so as to steer us in the upcoming campaign,” said Leopards assistant coach Tom ‘Gaza’ Juma.

Owiti underwent an operation at Guru Nanak Hospital.

“I dislocated my knee and the surgery entailed the removal of the damaged ligament which was replaced with a segment of a tendon (grafting). From the hospital I had to use crutches and our team doctor Patrick Ngusalu has been helping me out to heal with a vigorous physiotherapy session,” said Owiti.

Elsewhere, AFC Leopards first choice goalkeeper Levis Opiyo who demonstrated just how fantastic he can be on a good day between the sticks with his heroic performances that earned Ingwe a hard-fought1-1 draw against bitter rivals Gor Mahia in the Mashemeji derby a month ago, has reiterated his desire to continue playing for the 12 time Kenyan champions despite being targeted by two other clubs ahead of the new 2022/2023 campaign.

Speaking during an interview with Mozzart sports, who is now a free agent after his one year contract at AFC Leopards came to an end, has revealed a desire to ink a new deal at the club should he come to an agreement with the club’s management.

“My second six month deal at the club expired so I am now a free agent. We have however had talks with the club about a new deal and I can say it is still a work in progress as we are yet to finalize on terms. I am willing to continue my time here provided we both come into an agreement with the contract,” Opiyo told mozzart sports.

 

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