Mathare United’s Olwande back to training after long layoff

Photo: Olwande tussles for an aerial ball during training

Samuel Olwande trained with the rest of the team on Monday morning for the first time in five months.

According to the Club website, Olwande, who underwent surgery on his right knee to correct a third degree meniscus tear in October last year, received a warm welcome from his teammates at Goan Institute as he joined them for a light recovery session.

“It feels good to be back. I have really missed playing football so it’s wonderful to kick the ball again. I have really learnt a lot during this period. It’s important to be patient and to have a positive mentality,” said Olwande.

“You have to work hard during the therapy sessions even when you feel like giving up because you want to recover in good time,” he added.

His return will certainly give head coach Francis Kimanzi more options defensively but the utility defender wants to return when fully fit.

“I don’t want to rush then suffer another setback since I have seen it happening to other players with similar injuries. I am targeting the last five games,” offered Olwande with a grin.

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