Otieno has insisted he does not take FKF negligence personal
- Despite ill-treatment by Football Kenya Federation (FKF), Kenya and Gor Mahia defender Philemon Otieno have insisted there is no ill-feeling and he will always be ready to be at service for the national team.
Otieno who suffered a knee injury while doing duty for Harambee Stars had to raise over Sh1 million to cater to the surgery of his torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and rehabilitation.
“Honestly, I was drained both mentally and financially by the injury. I thank God for everything and the most important thing is I’ve fully recovered. But I want to put the record straight today. I sustained the injury (knee) during the Chan game against Tanzania (Chan) and not in Egypt or Gor Mahia as alleged. There is no way someone can pick you in the team when you are unfit or injured,” Otieno said.
“Whatever Wanyama (Victor) said is absolutely true. I personally looked for him and talked about the matter. He promised to make follow up with the federation, but at the end of the day this is my career and I couldn’t wait for long yet I was in pain. I didn’t want to be caught up in the blame game between FKF and Gor Mahia. What I wanted was to undergo the procedure and get back to the pitch,” he explained.
He added, “If all goes well and I perform to my level best, I will always be ready to represent my country. I have no ill feelings towards the federation.”
Otieno rubbished of claims that he rushed to the media against Nick Mwendwa’s wish. He was at the center of controversy between Gor Mahia and the federation over his treatment.
He also said that Wanyama tried to intervene, but FKF would hear none of it but he is glad Gor Mahia management for giving him a chance to revive his career by extending his contract.
He acknowledges that the situation was difficult as Gor Mahia was also struggling after SportPesa withdrew their sponsorship and the federation told me they didn’t have money. He is now focusing on picking up his career now.
“What I’m focusing on right now is to put my career back on track. I can’t wait to get back to action,” Otieno concluded.