Randers call ringing for Gor’s ‘Blackberry’


NAIROBI, December 18- George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo will decide on his future in January after his former Danish club Randers offered him another chance with current side and Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia placing an extension to his contract on the table.

Odhiambo’s whose contract at Gor ends on December 31 warmed his way back to first team reckoning and fan adulation towards the end of the season after initially failing to re-capture the magic that propelled him to the 2010 KPL Player of the Year and a subsequent move to Randers.

It would be another blow for the K’Ogalo should the winger elect to leave after top scorer Dan Sserunkuma and midfielder Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito deserted the Green Army with the fate of key defender David ‘Calabar’ Owino hanging in the balance.

“Randers have approached me and asked if I could go back but I am yet to make a decision. Gor have also offered me a new contract but I need to sit and think about my move other than making a rushed decision. I am currently on holiday and preferably, I will make a decision in January,” he told Capital Sport.

The winger moved to Denmark at the beginning of the 2011 season after a stellar 2010 spell where he led Gor to finish runner-ups to Ulinzi Stars.

However, he could not settle well at the club and ultimately moved out, signing for Tanzanian league side Azam FC in July 2012 before the transfer also bombed and he return to the KPL with City Stars at the end of the year.

Odhiambo did not feature even once for the side relegated this season moving on to Armenia where he turned out for FC Shirak. Odhiambo came back to the country at the start of the season where he was offered a chance to return to his former club.

“The problems that were there especially in Randers were brought up by an agent. He was not a good agent. He had problems with the club and hence I could not play often. However, I have changed him and I am now looking forward to better times,” he alleged.

The arrival of Scottish coach Frank Nuttal mid season at Gor was the catalyst for Odhiambo to return to something close to his imperious best at the back end of 2014 as Gor retained their KPL crown.

“I worked extra hard in training because I wanted to get back to my best and slowly, it was paying off. At this time also while in holiday, I am training on my own because I want to be paces ahead when the New Year starts,” he said.

“I want to get back to my 2010 form and even better. My target is to get call ups to the national team and not only be in the squad, but a regular starter as well. It is a long journey but I want to work hard to achieve my targets,” added the winger.