After years of toiling on the pitch, Kenyan international; Dennis Odhiambo can be able to look back with pride. The utility man, who currently features for KCB FC in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL), is among the players who reaped well from representing Kenya at the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
From the tournament, each player who made it to the final squad bagged at least Kshs 750,000, and more depending on number of matches played as Kenya made a return to the competition after a 15 – year absence.
Once in a lifetime
For Odhiambo, and most of the players in the squad, this was a once in a lifetime occurrence, having to play at the topmost competition in Africa. In an interview with Radio Jambo during a weekend sports show, he revealed the earnings from the competition aided him complete a construction project that had stalled.
“We got what we did and we are thankful for it because personally I managed to restart stalled projects. I was building my house at home and with the money from AFCON, I managed to complete the project,” he said on Radio Jambo.
By featuring at the tournament, Odhiambo’s name will forever be etched among the not-so-many Kenyan players to have graced AFCON finals. He termed it a great experience, acknowledging that he enjoyed his time there even as Kenya fell out at the group stages.
“AFCON was a good experience for me. It wasn’t easy, but I also can’t say it was very tough; just a good feel and I enjoyed my time at the tournament,” he added.
Apart from the allowances gained from the competition, Odhiambo, and the team also got the rare chance to train in France ahead of the AFCON finals.