The veteran ‘Wise’ was crowned the best defender of the 2017 season during the Kenyan Premier League Award ceremony after he floored Posta Rangers defender Joackins Atudo and Nicholas Meja of Nakumatt FC.
Owino has now described the award as the perfect motivation ahead of the upcoming season and thanked his teammates and the technical staff for showing great resilience in the past campaign where the ‘Slum Boys’ battled relegation to the last day of the season.
“I want to dedicate this award to my teammates, fans, family and the entire Mathare United fraternity. It was a tough season but through team work we managed to finish well.
"As captain I had to lead the young team by example and that pushed me to give extra in every match that I played,” Owino, who pocketed Sh300, 000 for the gong, told the club’s official website.
With his contract set to expire in June 2018, Owino insists that retirement has not yet crossed his mind adding that he is braced for the upcoming campaign.
“Age is just a number. This award gives me the motivation to work harder and ensure the team finishes in a better position this season. I still have the energy to keep going. I have one or two years left before I hang up my boots.”
Owino becomes the second Mathare United player to win the award after Edgar “Fighter” Ochieng’, who won the inaugural edition back in 2008.