Odhiambo shines for local juniors

Published on 13/06/2009

By Robin Toskin

The saying that a chick that will grow into a cock is known on the day it is hatched may well be used to describe the Copa Coca-Cola U17 football team goalkeeper Fredrick Odhiambo.

After a splendid display at this year’s Copa Coca-Cola U17 Football Stars Championship in South Africa, Odhiambo has set his sights at Nairobi City Stars number one jersey.

“It has been a learning experience for us. Believe me we have a lot of work to do,” Odhiambo offered.

The Nairobi City Stars goalkeeper was probably the only beacon of light in the Kenyan team that lacked the spark and enthusiasm expected at such a magnificent stage.

While the rest of his teammates stand accused of bad attitude and lack of commitment, the same cannot be said of the 16-year-old.

“I try to give my best every time I get such an opportunity. I want to be focused because I believe I can grow up to command first team place in Harambee Stars,” Odhiambo.

The youngster showed brilliant reflexes and good command of the goal area. Kenyan lost 2-1 against Africa Invitational team and drew 1-1 against Tanzania in Group A. They beat Ethiopia 5-1 and drew 0-0 against Namibia. Interestingly, Odhiambo had a touch of the ball in all instances.

Against Africa Invitational, Odhiambo saved a penalty from Mozambique’s Hermenegalios Antonio Amisse and like the Ethiopian penalty which he saved at the first asking, his defence failed to react allowing the takers wrap up from close range.

“You can say the defence failed to react and they should but I think it is because we didn’t train together for a reasonable period of time,” Odhiambo said.

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