Estrela manager explains why he subbed off Johnstone Omurwa at half time in defeat to Porto

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STARS ABROAD Estrela manager explains why he subbed off Johnstone Omurwa at half time in defeat to Porto

Mark Kinyanjui 14:32 - 16.09.2023

Vieira has explained why he had to sub off the former Mathare United and Wazito defender at halftime.

Estrela Amadora manager Sérgio Vieira has revealed the reason he subbed off Harambee Stars defender Johnstone Omurwa at halftime during the side’s 1-0 defeat to Porto on Friday night.

Omurwa, who appeared to have come of age for Kenya particularly with his passing as he made the pre-assist for Amos Nondi’s winning goal, flew back to Portugal to prepare for the match, which made him miss Harambee Stars' second international friendly against South Sudan.

However, he was subbed off at half-time, which made keen Kenyans ponder why he was not allowed to complete all 90 minutes.

Speaking after the match, Vieira came out to defend the reason for his change, suggesting that jet lag after flying back may have affected his mental capacity to be fully concentrated for the match.

“We have to keep working because our players are the players who are in the process of an evolution,”  Vieira said.

“Either it is the first year, or it is the second year (playing in the top division of Portugal) so at the beginning of that maturity at a high level where a small mistake pays dearly.

“So that is what will happen in the case of Johnstone who has some fantastic characteristics in individual terms but he should have went up faster and I saw that when they gave that space for the ball to go in there for the first goal, Gaspar himself too and the two of them.

“They arrived from international duty, they traveled for 15 to 16 or 20 hours and it is normal that mentally they were not in the right place to make 100 percent the right decisions and Porto took advantage of that.”

Omurwa signed for Estrela from Wazito in 2022, and has slowly grown to be trusted by the side who were promoted to the top flight last season.