Sylvester Owino is only playing his first season in the BetKing Premier League but it doesn’t look like it. The lanky Kakamega Homeboyz FC center-half, roped in from second tier side Vihiga Bullets, already has three goals for the side- no mean feat for a central defender.
Owino, also the only man to feature in full minutes for the Nicholas Muyoti coached side, opened his top flight goal tally with a tap-in against Western Stima during the team’s 3-2 win away from home three weeks ago. He would follow this with a blistering header against Zoo FC, again on the road, before adding another against Mathare United in the team’s most recent outing.
He gives it all to belief.
”We started slow as a team, and took some time before confidence was regained. I was one of the new players in the team and was under pressure to perform better than those we had replaced,” he says.
Homeboyz finished second on the BKPL roster last season and lost centre-back Kennedy Onyango to Nairobi City Stars. That’s when they went shopping and came back with Owino. He admits those were some really huge shoes to fill.
”The person I replaced was a huge goal scorer for the team and even though that was not on my mind at the time I started playing, I later on told myself that I can also get goals because we were really struggling upfront,” continues Owino.
Owino, who now ties joint top on the team’s goal scorers’ chart with strikers Allan Wanga and Moses Mudavadi on three goals, intends to add more.
”Our job as defenders is to primarily prevent goals on our end of the field but when we get set-pieces upfront, I will still continue to go for them with believe that I can add more goals,” he concludes.
All his goals have come from set play. Connecting well to an Ahmed Ali Bhai free-kick against Stima, and later on making the most of an Estone Esiye free-kick against Zoo. On Sunday against Mathare United, it was Bhai once more, on the starting end of the free-kick which Owino tapped home.
Homeboyz, who have now won more away matches than they have at home, next play Sofapaka when the league resumes.