Spanish side Bantierra Fenix Rugby on Monday announced they have signed center Brad Owako from Kenya Cup side Mwamba RFC.
"Brad Owako, a 24-year-old Kenyan player, will strengthen Bantierra Fénix until the end of the season(April 2019). He comes from the Stanbic Mwamba of the first division of Kenya," said a statement released by Bantierra Fenix.
Owako has been at Mwamba for close to five where he joined from Laiser Hill Academy and has played for Kenya 7s at Amsterdam 7s in 2016 under Benjamin Ayimba. He's capped twice by the Kenya Simbas.
"We were looking for a center since Adrian's injury. By regulation you have to sign before December 31 and you can not do it to someone who has played in DH or DHB, so we looked outside our borders and we had this opportunity."
Fenix Rugby is a Zaragoza based side formed in 1982 and currently playing in the second tier- División de Honor B. The league consists of three groups (North, East and South) of 8 or 9 teams each. The top two teams of each group play promotion playoffs.
"Brad wants to have a sporting experience, but above all human, outside his country. After many problems with the visas so that he could come up with everything in order, he now joins the federation since mid-December. "Alfredo Benedí, technical director of Bantierra Fénix, told the club's official portal.
Raga House understands Owako will leave for Zaragoza, Spain on Thursday to start his new career.
The División de Honor "B" season takes place between October and April.
Bantierra Fenix exclusively told Raga House that Owako will "play a key role as they seek promotion to Heineken league, Spain's top rugby league."
Fenix currently lead group B of the Division de Honor B after 18 rounds of the 2018/19 season. The regular season runs through 22 matchdays. Upon completion the regular season, the two top teams of each group and two-best 3rd placed teams qualify for promotion playoff.
"We are on top of the second division and there are four games to go. If everything goes well, we will fight to ascend to the first division and we hope that Brad will help us a lot," Fenix Rugby told Raga House.
Mwamba RFC released a statement on Monday evening saying they "would like to wish Brad all the best in his new assignment and we certainly know he will continue flying the Kulabu flag high in his new frontier as he helps Bantierra Fénix in their campaign. All the best BradBoy and see you soon!"