After guiding Uasin Gishu to a remarkable 3-1 victory against Nairobi at the Moi Complex Primary School on Saturday, Head Coach Fred Owino is now setting his sights on overcoming Kirinyaga. His goal: securing a coveted spot in the ongoing Talanta Hela football tournament’s elusive semifinals in Nyeri County.
Owino, exuding determination, expresses optimism for the upcoming match against Kirinyaga: “I am currently focused on our next encounter with Kirinyaga, and my aspiration is triumph—to secure a slot in the semis. I am certain that these boys will perform admirably due to their passion and unyielding spirit of optimism,” he confidently asserts.
While commending his team’s impressive performance, Owino highlights a moment of overconfidence during the second half against Nairobi, which led to conceding a goal. “I’m impressed with the boys’ performance—however,” he emphasizes, “at some point in that second half, they seemed overly confident against Nairobi—and as such, we let one slip past us.”
Candidly, Owino acknowledges the challenges they faced and points out schoolboy errors that nearly derailed their winning momentum. He specifically mentions their goalkeeper’s inconsistencies: “Our goalkeeper,” he points out, “exhibited a bit of sluggishness. Instead of parrying the ball away, he carelessly punched back a shot directly into an opposing striker’s feet.”
Owino emphasizes his team’s resilience despite setbacks, highlighting their capacity to rebound from adversity. He expresses satisfaction with a remark: “What truly brings me joy is the unwavering resilience of my boys. Yesterday, they overcame an initial setback and emerged victorious against Kwale; today we did not falter in our determination—fighting vigorously from a one-all tie to secure this win.”
With a vow to surpass Kirinyaga, Owino symbolizes Uasin Gishu’s determination, poised for their next challenge. The team remains resolute in prolonging its winning streak and clinching an entry into the much-anticipated semifinals. Undeterred by potential hurdles, Coach Owino maintains focus on the future, holding unwavering trust in his team’s passion and resilience—attributes that consistently shine through on football fields.