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SHOT STOPPER HAS KEPT SEVEN CLEAN SHEETS AS ULINZI SIT THIRD ON THE LOG

Ulinzi's Odhiambo crowned October Player of the month

The youngster whose splendid season has also captivated national team selectors garnered most votes to triumph ahead of Lawrence Juma of Gor Mahia and Mathare United’s Kevin Kimani.

In Summary

•During a tough October when Ulinzi Stars faced all of this season’s fast starters in the shape of Western Stima, KCB and Tusker, Odhiambo ensured the soldiers kept three clean sheets.

• 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-Ulinzi Stars Timothy Odhiambo.

Timothy Odhiambo savours the moment after being crowned the LG, SJAK player of the month for October
Timothy Odhiambo savours the moment after being crowned the LG, SJAK player of the month for October
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With seven clean sheets to his name already this season, it was just a matter of time before Ulinzi Stars goalkeeper Timothy Odhiambo was given his due recognition.

Yesterday he was named the LG Player of the month of October becoming just the third player from Ulinzi to win the players gong since its inception in 2015. Odhiambo was crowned October’s best at Afraha stadium yesterday a day before their tough duel with Gor Mahia.

The youngster whose splendid season has also captivated national team selectors garnered most votes to triumph ahead of Lawrence Juma of Gor Mahia and Mathare United’s Kevin Kimani. A mean streak in goal has seen Ulinzi concede just five league goals this season and they have Odhiambo to thank for it.

During a tough October when Ulinzi Stars faced all of this season’s fast starters in the shape of Western Stima, KCB and Tusker, Odhiambo ensured the soldiers kept three clean sheets. Against Tusker, the seasons’ highest scorers with eighteen goals so far, Odhiambo made half dozen decent saves to give Ulinzi three points after Daniel Waweru scored.

Odhiambo also conjured man of the match performances against KCB and Western Stima as Ulinzi contended with one point from each of the tough games.

“Sometimes you don’t need to make saves to be a good goalkeeper. If you organize your defence well and keep them alert with continuous communication then most of the job is done. You limit the number of shots getting to you,” the goalkeeper opened up about his trade

He also cautioned competitors in the national team that he is only getting started. “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,” he added

In a tight race against Juma, the standout player at defending champions Gor Mahia so far this season Odhiambo garnered 16 votes to the former’s 12 as Kevin Kimani of Mathare helped himself to nine. Ulinzi Stars coach Benjamin Nyangweso lauded SJAK and LG for striving to appreciate best performers during such times.

“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,” the experienced tactician offered.