Posta Rangers midfielder William Odero has picked his winner against AFC Leopards in the dying minutes earlier in the season as the highlight of his career.
Odera has been instrumental for Rangers since head coach Stanley Okumbi took over and Pepeta’s Kelvin Kiplimo sat him down for a Q & A session about his life in and outside football.
Who is William Odero?
Odero was born on 24th September 1995 in Huruma-Nairobi. I joined Moi Airbase for my primary school and later The Annointed High School located in Kariobangi.
Take us through your Football Journey?
I started playing in the Huruma team U-10, U-12 and later graduated to U-15 and U-16 Levels before signing for Kariobangi Sharks at 17. I represented the team in 2012 but later got a knee Injury which kept me out for about a year. In 2018 I signed for Naivas FC in the Division 1 after some sessions with MYSA. I only spent six months at Naivas before I was snapped by Posta Rangers.
I had at trials like any other player and despite being among the 400 players who came for the trial session, I was one of the six players who was picked by coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo.
Who is that Coach you can credit for having a huge impact in your career?
Im grateful to all my coaches who have handled me but I’ll pick two who have had a huge impact I my career. Kisco Kariuki was a father figure to me. He taught me a lot of things both on and off the pitch. He gave me a platform and another chance to play after my injury with Sharks so he ranks up there with the best.
I have to thank coach Sammy Pamzo Omollo because he rekindled my dreams of playing in the Kenyan Premier League by signing me at Rangers.
What drives you to get up and go training every day?
I am a family man and having no parent, a lot of people depend on me in the family. It is the motivation that keeps me going. I just want to do well for them.
If you were not a footballer, what path do you think you would have taken?
A shoe designer. I like fashion and style.
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Talk about your toughest game at Posta Rangers?
It has to be the game against KCB FC this season. I had stomachache despite being named in the starting team. I tried my best but couldn’t hold on to the pain so I ahd to be withdrawn in the first half and we to lose the game 4-1.
Who is your role model?
Current Rangers FC boss Steven Gerrard.
What is your Most Memorable Moment at the Club?
Scoring the Winner against AFC Leopards at the death, 92nd minute. The game ended 2-1 in our favour.
Your Worst Moment since you joined the club or in Football Career?
When we were fighting relegation. Nobody in the team wanted to play in the lower tier. I think we gave our all in ensuring that we remained in the Premier league but those were some of the lowest moments in my career.
As a footballer, what are some of the achievements you can point so far in your career?
At younger age in my football career, I was lucky to have travelled to Norway and Holland for the MYSA (Under 16) exchange programme. It was a good exposure and I learnt a lot from those trips.
Winning KECOSO CUP in 2015
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Who is the toughest player you’ve met in the Kenyan Premier League?
Must ben Patillah Omoto of Kariobangi Sharks. We have played with him since our childhood days so he knows almost my every move in a game. The guy knew me very well.
What do you do on your off time?
I sell Ice Creams at Umoja 2 Bee Centre.
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