Striker George Odhiambo who became the first Kogalo player ever to sign for a European team and the 1st Kogalo player to win KPL player of the year, reached another milestone yesterday when he was named as one of the 100 most promising players in the world for the year 2011 by influential football website goal.com.
The story can be found here
Blackberry becomes only the second Kenyan to make this list after Dennis Oliech did the same 5 years ago. But he is the first player based in Kenya to attain such an honour. That such an influential website knows about Blackberry speaks volumes about Blackberry, about Gor Mahia and about the Kenya Premier League whose influence is fast gaining ascendance.
Other Gor Mahia players who have won similar honours include the legendary Nahashon Oluoch “Lule” who in 1980 was named as one of the top 10 players in the continent after an amazing run in which Kogalo reached the finals of the Africa cup, becoming the first team in East and Central Africa to go that far in any continental event.
In 1988, Peter Dawo was also named as one of the top 10 players on the continent after he scored 10 goals during the 1987 Africa Cup winners cup to enable Kogalo to lift the trophy.
In another story, Blackberry’ Odhiambo has attributed his success in to veteran coach, James Siang’a as he becomes the latest Kenyan player to join the European ranks. He said apart from sporting his talent, Siang’a moulded him into what he is at the moment. He also thanked Gor Mahia fans for their passionate support and said he would miss them dearly. He has set his sights on playing in the English premier league for Arsenal, his favorite team.