Former Gor Mahia player pursuing coaching career in Germany
Former Gor Mahia defender Stephen Otieno Oduol has ventured into coaching and has set his sights on getting Uefa License in Germany.
Oduol is currently based in North Eastern City of Brandeburg in Germany and is part of thec oaching staff at MSV Zossen O7 which plays in the country’s lower leagues.
MSV Zossen has both men’s junior and senior sides and women’s teams which also play in the lower leagues.
“My dream is to be able to get UEFA certification in coaching and get more opportunities to work with bigger clubs here in Germany as I eventually become a Level B coach,” said Oduol.
“However my main ambition is to be able to pass the knowledge and skills that I am learning here back to clubs and teams in Kenya,” he added.
The former K’Ogalo man is enjoying his time in Germany and is awed by the facilities and the performance of MSV Zossen in the lower leagues.
He says the club has always done well on the pitch and he is happy being part of its technical bench.
The defender began his coaching career with local academy sides and had stints with Talent Masters Soccer Academy, Kipaji Football Academy and Blue Bombers Soccer Academy where he served as the head coach and was instrumental in nurturing young footballers.
However, after attending coaching courses under the FKF umbrella locally, he got his break early this year after one of his many football friends abroad assisted him in pursuing coaching courses in Germany.
During his playing days, Oduol, nickednamed ‘Otti Maua’, was part of Gor Mahia’s squad between 2008-2012. He played alongside club legends like Jerim Onyango, Julius ‘Awilo’ Owino, Andrew ‘Apache’ Oyombe, Habil Otieno, Zablon ‘Pro’ Otieno among others stars.
After hanging his boots in 2013, he worked as the personal assistant to Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier even as he continued pursuing his dreams of giving back to the game in different ways.
Before joining Gor Mahia, who are 19-time Kenyan Premier League champions, Oduol featured for Kawangware Sports Club, Muslim Sportive and Nairobi City Stars (formerly World Hope FC).