Ulinzi Stars’ goalkeeper- and October’s top performer according to the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK), Timothy Odhiambo says it takes more than just saving shots fired at you to become a good goalkeeper.
Speaking at an awards ceremony hosted at the Afraha Stadium on Friday 29th after the team’s training session, Odhiambo- with three clean sheets against top-performing sides in the league, revealed that the secret between the sticks is proper organization.
“Sometimes you don’t need to make saves to be a good goalkeeper. If you organize your defense well and keep them alert with continuous communication then most of the job is done. You limit the number of shots getting to you,” he tells the media during a press conference held at Afraha.
Odhiambo had to compete against seasoned goal-minders at Ulinzi in the way of James Saruni and Jacktone Odhiambo, and with the first spot sealed- went ahead to put up a stellar performance for Benjamin Nyangweso’s men, one that has seen them only concede five times in ten outings so far.
His exploits at the start of the 2019/20 KPL season granted him a chance with the national team Harambee Stars during the team’s Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers but even though still learning from the bench, he says he will get better.
“I’m just beginning my career and getting a national team call-up is a real motivator towards my end game. I know I will get better with time and hopefully capture the number one spot in the national team,” adds Odhiambo.
The youthful goalkeeper takes home a 49 inch LG television, a plaque and Ksh 100, 000. His teammates at Ulinzi Stars will also share Ksh 100, 000 amongst themselves.
Coach Nyangweso terms this morning’s event a boost to the morale of his entire playing unit
This is a real motivator not just to the winning player but to the entire squad. They now believe they can also do well and someone is watching. I also love it when my players win awards and get national team call ups. I feel proud,” says Nyangweso.
The military men will be in Kisumu on Saturday 30th as they take on hosts Gor Mahia FC from 3 pm. There’s a 7-point difference between Ulinzi and the defending champions as they lock horns in this round 12 encounter.