NAIROBI, Kenya, September 5 – Harambee Stars head coach Jacob “Ghost Mulee” was impressed with the performance of Serbian midfielder Richard Odada after making his national team debut in Thursday’s 2022 World Cup qualifier against Uganda.
Odada, whose only other appearance for the national team three years ago was in Stanley Okumbi’s U20 team, showed an impressive performance in midfield and was named Kenya’s brightest star in a boring encounter.
Before the game, Mulee called the 21-year-old on the sidelines and gave him a long hug.
“It was his first senior team game and I just hugged him to give him the confidence and encourage him to move up,” said Mulee.
Richard Odada on duty for Harambee Stars. PHOTO / Timothy Olobulus
“I haven’t seen a midfielder like this in Africa in a long time and he’s definitely one of those players I think will make it to the top leagues in Europe. He won the midfield fight, he was precise in his passing game, he was hungry and that’s what we’re looking for as a team, ”continued Mulee.
He added; “I was so happy with what he showed and I don’t think we’ll ever talk about midfield again. He’s a young player who promises a lot. ”
Odada currently plays for FC Metellac in the Serbian top division after being loaned out by Red Star Belgrade to find the valuable playing time.
Odada spent some time with the Belgrade U19 national team before moving up to the senior team. He also trained at Juventus.
Mulee says he’s glad his squad has a good balance between young and older players. The team is in transition and will be solid in the future.
Looking back on the game against Uganda, Mulee was satisfied with the point, but above all not entirely satisfied with the mild performance.
Richard Odada warming up. PHOTO / Timothy Olobulus
“It’s not the result we wanted, but I’m happy with the chat because looking back we haven’t played a friendly since our game against Togo. Especially with new players, it is always difficult to find the rhythm in the first game. We didn’t pass the ball as usual. ”
“I was happy with the line of defense because we did well to contain a very experienced Ugandan force. It wasn’t the best game, but at least we had positive things to choose from, ”he added.
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