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Retire? Not now, says Police midfielder Okeyo

Okeyo's sentiments come in the wake of luminaries Jane Wacu, 36, and 30-year old former Harambee stars captain Victor Wanyama announcing their retirement last week.

In Summary

• "At 37,  I am still able to play and I am fitter than ever before," the three-time national champion with Kenya Police said.

• His relentless energy, ball-winning abilities, strong positional awareness and game reading attributes make him a class act as a deep-lying midfielder.

Kenya's Willis Okeyo (L) tackles Amit Zadav of Sports Authority of India during their friendly match at SIKH Union
Kenya's Willis Okeyo (L) tackles Amit Zadav of Sports Authority of India during their friendly match at SIKH Union
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International midfielder Willis Okeyo, 37, feels he still has a lot to offer to the national team and will give his last shot before hanging his boots.

Okeyo's sentiments come in the wake of luminaries Jane Wacu, 36, and 30-year old former Harambee stars captain Victor Wanyama announcing their retirement last week.

Despite reaching the twilight of his career, the Spartans tactician believes he's in the best shape and readily available for duty should his services be needed. He recently returned to Germany for a fourth stint with VfB Stuttgart, having been there twice in 2019 and last year.

"If I am still doing it here in Germany and back home at club level, then I can try my last shot in the international level. At 37,  I am still able to play and I am fitter than ever before," the three-time national champion with Kenya Police said.

"When the time to pass the mantle comes, I will do it but I will be available to help when needed in terms of tactics, technical skills and moral support."

Okeyo is one of the most capped hockey players in the country and is regarded as the finest midfielder of the decade. In 2015, he has crowned the Most Valuable player in the Bangladesh Premier League after helping Dhaka Mariners clinch their maiden trophy.

His relentless energy, ball-winning abilities, strong positional awareness and game reading attributes make him a class act as a deep-lying midfielder.