Q&A: Dennis Odhiambo on how he was close to joining Gor Mahia and reaction to Harambee Stars snub

Q&A: Dennis Odhiambo on how he was close to joining Gor Mahia and reaction to Harambee Stars snub

KCB defender cum midfielder Dennis Odhiambo is one of the most experienced players in the Kenyan Premier League at the age of 34. I caught up with the player for a brief interview.

What is your reaction to being snubbed in the latest Harambee Stars squads?

Everyone deserves a chance to play in the national team. I'm thankful for the time I've been there and I continue to work hard to support the coach and the team.

Since Sebastien Migne left you have never received any call ups. What was your relationship with the Frenchman?

It happens, every coach has their own preferences so that is not a problem for me, I'm just thankful for what Migne did to me and I will continue supporting the current regime. I, however, continue to work hard, you never know what the future holds. 

Many Kenyan legends have never played in the African Cup of Nations, what was your feeling playing in such a tournament?

It's always a proud moment for any player to represent their country at the African Cup of Nations so I'm glad and very proud to have played in the tournament because I have been in the national team for a long time with different coaches so this time it worked out and I hope that we will continue qualifying because we have the quality to do that.

There were speculations about you joining Gor Mahia, how true were these reports?

The speculations are true, I was in contact with many clubs, Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and I tried to look at the move that suited me at that point and I still had a move from abroad which failed to materialize so I joined KCB.

On your social media pages you have a number of photos with a Gor Mahia jersey despite never playing for them, are you a fan?

I can't really speak about that.

Any teams from abroad that were after your signature following a decent AFCON performance?

Yeah, I had like two offers but only one was serious and that's why I delayed my transfer to KCB, I signed in the last week of the transfer window. But you never know, my focus is just on working hard.

Having played for so long at club level and in the National Team, What would be your advice to young players?

My advice to them would be to focus, continue learning every day, every training and game. Try and rectify the mistakes you make daily and try becoming a better player. The National Team has a lot of pressure so it depends on how you keep your focus. I started with Jacob Ghost Mulee when he was with Zedekiah Zico Otieno when I still a young boy and I continued learning for the likes of Robert Mambo and Musa Otieno.

How did you feel when you became famous in Egypt during the AFCON for your bald haircut? 

You never know the plans of God, you can be famous for something and from nowhere gain popularity and I'm glad for those who liked it. But that was not the important thing, my focus was on helping Kenya in the tournament.