Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche has paid glowing tributes to Gor Mahia defender David Owino for winning 2013 Goal Kenya Player of the Year award.
The Belgian tactician, who handed over the trophy to Owino, says that the defender is ripe enough to play in Europe and not the Kenya Premier League.
“The first time I saw him was when he was in a training session for Gor Mahia. I looked at him and I saw a great player. He is a solid defender who is very talented and I liked him from that time,” Amrouche told Goal.
“When I handed him a first call up to the national team, there was a lot of opposition from people who asked why I had settled on the player and yet he was not getting enough playing time at his club (Gor Mahia). However, I believed in him and he never proved me wrong.”
The tactician believes that Owino, who started off his career in Nakuru for Olympic Youth and St. Joseph, is better than the Kenyan Premier League and should join a big club in Europe next year.
“He (Owino) is better than this league and he deserves a big club in Europe. He has worked very hard and he deserves to get his reward. I remember when I thought of the game against Nigeria away in Calabar, who would contain the dangerous Victor Moses, I only thought of Owino. He is a quiet person who does not talk much but does his work on the field.”
Owino won the inaugural award as voted by fans after garnering 435 votes edging out Southampton and Kenya captain Victor Wanyama to second spot on 189.
AFC Leopards’ striker Allan Wanga, who scored a double for Kenya in Cecafa Cup final against Sudan, finished third after bagging 165 votes; Tusker’s Jesse Were was fourth on 76 while Gor Mahia goalie Jerim Onyango finished last on 72.