Harambee Stars defender Johnstone Omurwa explains reason behind meteoric rise at Estrela

Johstone Omurwa (R) challenges Benfica's World Cup winning defender Nicolas Otamendi earlier this season

STARS ABROAD Harambee Stars defender Johnstone Omurwa explains reason behind meteoric rise at Estrela

Mark Kinyanjui 21:47 - 21.02.2024

Omurwa has become an important player for Estrela since their promotion to the Portuguese top flight, where he has played a prominent role against teams like Porto, Sporting Lisbon and Benfica.

Harambee Stars defender Johnstone Omurwa has revealed how he has grown as a footballer since completing his move to Liga Portugal outfit Estrela Amadora in 2022.

Omurwa has steadily grown in his time there, going from being a fringe player at the club who barely featured during their promotion season to the topflight of Portuguese football, to being a key part of Sergio Vieira’s plans this season.

The former Wazito and Mathare United defender has also grown to prominence while in a Harambee Stars shirt, showing his stint in Portugal has helped him mature, especially considering he had erratic tendencies while still and FKFPL player.

Speaking to the club’s media channels, Omurwa, who has made 15 Liga Portugal appearances for Estella, more than double the appearances he made in the second division in the 2022/2023 season, has spoken about the importance of “trusting the process” as a big reason behind his meteoric rise.

“It is the part of the process and I believe I am developing everyday,” Omurwa said.

“Last season was maybe not a good one for me but I was learning alot and now I have got a chance to play and I have played (as of the game against Sporting in November) almost the same number of matches as I played in the second league, which is part of the process individually.

“The growth is there and furthermore I know the more the games that I will play, the more the confidence will come and the more I will develop.”

He has made a combined 2.7 tackles and interceptions per 90 minutes, as well as made 4.5 ball recoveries per match. He averagely wins 3.4 total duels a match.

Omurwa is also very active in possession. FBRef puts him in the 92nd percentile for carries from the back, and in the 86th one for take-ons, showing his willingness to launch attacks from the back.

Omurwa's ability to read the game, make crucial tackles, and contribute offensively has made him a player to watch

His impact in the friendly against Qatar, where he played the full 90 minutes, was particularly notable, helping Kenya secure a 2-1 victory.

Omurwa's potential for a long and successful career is evident as his rise to prominence is a story of hard work and dedication, and his performances in 2023 have solidified his status as a key player in both his club and national team.

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