23-year-old Ulinzi Stars goalkeeper Timothy Odhiambo has so far had a great season emerging as one of the best players at the team, and he credits it all to a great working environment and support from team mates.
With first choice keeper, and skipper James Saruni out injured, Timothy has kept seven clean sheets in the 11 matches played and his performance has seen him attract call ups to the senior Kenya national team, for the matches against Egypt and Togo.
While he takes the plaudits for the clean sheets the team has, he says on the Ulinzi Stars website, that it is all down to team work and hopes they can add them even more to help lift the team.
“Those clean sheets are not mine alone; they belong to the team and the spirit that when we keep a clean sheet, we will get at least a point, or maybe three. When I go to every other match, the pressure is always there. It is normal because I want to keep them coming and I want to play the role in lifting the team.
“Thankfully, I have a good understanding with the outfield players, and especially the defenders. They always help me settle in the game. My motivation comes from such and when working with the coach, Saruni, Jacktone, Francis Onyiso, and my teammates, it becomes easier.
Ulinzi Stars’ next assignment is a big one; against league champions Gor Mahia, and Timothy is focused on playing his and the team roles to ensure they get another clean sheet, as well as points that would drive the team higher and closer to silverware.
“As a player, I want to do my best always. I want to grow but most of all, to make Ulinzi Stars great. I think this season we decided on one thing, as players – to play for one another, and we have done it so far.
“I feel that I have grown a lot, and I have to thank my teammates for bringing out the best in me and the others. As humans, we are prone to errors but we always deal with these by covering for one another and that is what I’d love to see all season,” he said.
Ulinzi have gone undefeated in their past five matches and are currently fifth-placed in the KPL log with 17 points