Gor Mahia defender Philemon Otieno can now smile after he underwent successful knee surgery last week. This is after his club and the Football Kenya Federation distanced themselves from paying his hospital bill despite the fact that he got injured while on duty.
The emotional player has revealed that his bill, pegged at Sh450,000, was cleared by his family members, friends, fans and his fellow players including Musa Mohamed, Michael Olunga, Joash Onyango, Johana Omollo and Aboud Omar.
He says the Kenya Footballers Welfare Association (KEFWA) also chipped in to see him out of pain.
“I underwent surgery on my knee on Thursday (last week) and I’ve been continuing with physiotherapy since then according to doctor’s instructions. I am very grateful to my family, friends, fellow players and fans for coming to my aid at the time of need and for their prayers,” Otieno said.
“Apart from Kefwa, I want to specifically thank Musa Mohamed, Michael Olunga, Joash Onyango, Johana Omollo and Aboud Omar. Indeed, they are true friends plus all those who helped me,” he added.
Interestingly, the defender says he has no grudge against either the federation or his club, who never contributed a single cent towards the surgery bill.
“What transpired is now history to me and my main aim is to embark on a process to recovery and play football again. I am in touch with my club, players and the coach and I think I will be able to play again in January next year. I haven’t ruled out playing for the national team in future since it provides a platform for one to grow in his career. I have consulted with my family and decided that we let go all that happened,” he added