Johnstone Omurwa: Why Harambee Stars defender has not featured for Estrela since November

STARS ABROAD Johnstone Omurwa: Why Harambee Stars defender has not featured for Estrela since November

Mark Kinyanjui 08:21 - 30.12.2023

Harambee Stars defender Johnstone Omuruwa has been absent from Estrela Amadora's matches since mid-November, leaving many questioning his whereabouts

Harambee Stars defender Johnstone Omurwa failed to feature for the fourth league game in a row as Estrela Amadora were beaten 4-1 in a Liga Portugal fixture on Thursday night.

Omurwa has not featured in December, having made 10 league appearances, with his last game coming in a 1-0 loss to Moreneise on November 11, before suffering an injury according to WhoScored.

The former Wazito and Mathare United defender, who is considered a good reader of the game given his strong concentration and interception traits, as well as his ball carrying ability as per the same website, has been badly missed with the side only winning once since his injury.

It has been reported by various Portuguese outlets that there is optimism he could return to the side soon, which will also be a welcome boost for Harambee Stars ahead of the March international break.

Omurwa has been a key cog for Estrela since signing in 2022, playing a key part in their promotion to the Portuguese top flight last season and featuring in several important games, including against Benfica on his topflight debut, Porto and Sporting Lisbon.

With the first-half ending in 1-0, the second stanza saw four goals netted to give the visitors a 4-1 win over the hosts.

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Arouca managed to win despite their profligate showing in front of goal. They attempted 19 shots in the 90 minutes of play, but hit the target just four times.

Amadora suffered a predictable defeat after a sub-par showing on the field. The team only managed one shot during the game, displaying a dearth of aggression and an inability to thwart their rivals’ attacks.