- His career, just like that of many Kenyan players, is shrouded in mystery
- To play for Harambee Stars these days is a curse that many may not comprehend
- K’Ogalo on the other hand have also taken a back seat and expect FKF to foot the bill
Today we must spare a thought for Philemon Otieno. He is one hell of a player who has scaled the heights slowly and surely.
His career, just like that of many Kenyan players, is shrouded in mystery. Just where did he come from? Where did he hone his footballing talent? Who cares?
Nobody really seems to care about footballers at all in this country. Those tasked with this duty are wavering and to say the least we can even use four letter words to describe their filthy actions. Why bother with football management if you do not care about footballers? What are you managing? You do not know where footballers are made and thus you start thinking there is a glut of these people — perhaps they are fools to you.
Otieno got into our hearts while he plied his trade with Kenya Revenue Authority team known as Ushuru. He was one hell of a midfielder. He warmed our hearts at the touchline and we all fell for him. He then got to play for Gor Mahia and was instrumental in winning the league.
For a club that enjoys giving nicknames to all their players, we must confess that he is still a baffle. No name has yet been pinned on him.
This move to Gor gave him a broader view and he was seen by the powers that be. He got a position in the national team Harambee Stars and we all saw his abilities during the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. He had a sterling performance despite the petty critics feeling he gave away a needless penalty to Senegal that led to Kenya’s heavy defeat.