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Azam: We had no option but offload ‘Blackberry’

 Azam FC team manager Patrick Kahemele said the talented attacking midfielder was shown the door after failing to honour his part of the deal. “George Odhiambo is no longer our player. We terminated his contract after he demonstrated a great deal of unprofessionalism,” Kahemele said.

“He failed to show up for training for five days and the terms we agreed on with him don’t state that, he went against them and the ultimate effect is for him to cease being our player,” he explained. Kahemele added: “We brought him to Tanzania to play for us and work hard and he didn’t do the latter, we had no option but to let him go.”

Odhiambo featured for the club in the Kagame Cup after he left Randers when he mutually terminated the contract with the Danish side to join the Dar es Salaam tycoons. Recently the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) revealed that the Kenya international has been cleared to feature for Mtibwa Sugar, which is coached by Kenyan Tom Olaba, this season.

This is the latest twist in Odhiambo’s career which has stalled since he signed a four and a half year contract with Randers in January 2011. Odhiambo plays predominantly as a winger but can also play as a striker and his greatest assets are his dribbling ability and pace.

Curiously, Odhiambo is known to his fans as "Blackberry." It is believed that this moniker was given to him by a local journalist, who upon seeing the forward play remarked, "he is like my blackberry, he can do anything." He began his career playing for Gor Mahia of Kenya at the age of 16.

He became a star player for Gor Mahia and was awarded the "Most Promising Player" award in the 2009 Kenyan Premier League. In the 2010 season, he was awarded the Kenyan Premier League Player of the Year award.

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Author: DAILY NEWS Reporter

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