Gor Mahia midfield maestro Austin Odhiambo discusses importance of representing Harambee Stars following debut

Austin Odhiambo (C) recently made his debut for Harambee Stars

Gor Mahia midfield maestro Austin Odhiambo discusses importance of representing Harambee Stars following debut

Mark Kinyanjui 07:38 - 24.06.2024

Odhiambo has revealed the benefits of being an international footballer, having recently made his debut for Harambee Stars against Burundi.

Gor Mahia midfielder Austin Odhiambo has shared his insights on the advantages of having multiple club players represent the national team. Odhiambo, who recently debuted for Kenya against Burundi, played a crucial role by assisting Duke Abuya's goal in the 1-1 draw.

Odhiambo has been a standout performer for Gor Mahia this season, earning recognition as one of the most valuable players in the FKF Premier League. His ability to control the tempo, break lines, create chances, and score match-winning goals has been instrumental for his club.

Speaking before Gor Mahia's final game of the season against Bidco United in Machakos, Odhiambo emphasized the significance of having several teammates recognized at the national level, underscoring the club's quality.

“It paints a good picture for the club because it shows we have some of the best players in the country,” Odhiambo told the club’s media channels.

Odhiambo expressed his pride in earning his first cap, describing it as a great honor to represent his country.

 “It shows that our effort has helped. It is a privilege for any player to represent their country, so the fact that many players from Gor Mahia are being called up to the team shows we have quality and the competition for places in the side is healthy.

“It shows that we are doing a good job at the club,” he added.

Reflecting on his season, Odhiambo also highlighted why Shabana was the toughest opponent Gor Mahia faced.

 “It has been a good season. We were able to finish the league well. We aimed at lifting the league, so the season was good. We are so happy to have won the league.

“The first leg against Shabana was the most difficult. We played at Kasarani. They were so compact and they had an urge to upset us, so for me, that was the most difficult match.”

Odhiambo's remarks not only celebrate Gor Mahia's success but also illustrate the broader impact of national team representation on the club's reputation and player development.

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