Mustapha Oduor left Nzoia Sugar at the end of the 2018 BetKing Premier League for the coast- a quest for greener pastures with Bandari FC and after two seasons heads back at the sugar millers in a bid to reboot his goalkeeping career.
Oduor, a 2015 alumnus of national football champions St Anthony’s Kitale, was a man plagued by injuries during his brief Bandari sojourn. At one point, he had three different sources of pain to contend with. He, however, featured fleetingly for the side whenever called upon and says he goes back to Nzoia with a lot of maturity.
‘’I just wanted to play while at Bandari. It was a bigger step and I knew I could cope. However, just one month after moving to the coast I broke a finger, and just as I was recovering, tweaked my knee and ankle at the same time. It wasn’t very good,’’ says the lanky shot stopper.
Oduor comes back to re-join his older teammates and in the goalkeeping department, the duo that he left two years ago, is still there. Benson Mangala and Katasi Humphrey held forte in his absence. Having started in Nzoia’s match day one BetKing Premier League (BKPL) opener against Nairobi City Stars, Oduor insists he has more maturity now as a result of playing continental football at Bandari.
‘’The continental games are a huge experience booster. I played against Horoya and learned a lot,’’ he continues.
Despite going down 2-0 to City Stars, and away BKPL fixture, he takes positives from the clash.
‘’We had a few complications before match day and even after having to reshuffle our starting eleven, gave a good account of ourselves. The hosts made the most of the chances they created while we did not. If you look at the goals, they were scored in quick succession so that says something about our concentration. We can and will do better in the next fixtures,’’
Re-joining Nzoia Sugar with him are Gabriel Wandera (from Tusker) and Elvis Ronack (Gor Mahia). Together, they bring experience from the top sides back to the team with whom they made their name. Oduor, at 23, already assumes a leadership role in the team and insists he will guide the youngsters to an excellent season.
‘’There’s little difference from the team I have found and the one that I left. More players sought greener pastures and as with the tradition of the team, younger players were roped in. I have trained with them and they are very good. Just some few more matches and the unit will come together nicely,’’ he concludes.
The sugar millers hosts Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday 5th for their next assignment. They currently lie 16th in the 18-team BKPL table standings.