The challenges Clarke Oduor had to surmount before Bradford City move


STARS ABROAD: The challenges Clarke Oduor had to surmount before Bradford City move

Festus Chuma 07:45 - 07.09.2023

Kenyan international Clarke Oduor reflects on his challenges at Barnsley, finding success at Bradford City, and his national team aspirations.

Kenyan international Clarke Oduor has opened up about the challenges he faced before joining English League Two outfit Bradford City. 

The 23-year-old midfielder, who previously plied his trade with English League One side Barnsley, found himself in a tough spot as he fell out of favor with his former club.

Oduor's journey took an unexpected turn when he returned to Barnsley in January after his loan spell at Hartlepool was cut short. He found himself on the sidelines, yearning for more playing time.

 However, since joining Bradford City, he has experienced a resurgence in his career, delivering stellar performances in all the matches that he has started this season.

"It has been a bit difficult because I hadn't played as much as I wanted to, but since moving to a new club, I am enjoying myself, and I have played a lot of minutes. Everything is going well now,” he said.

Oduor  embarked on his football  career with the renowned Leeds United youth team in 2010 and eventually became part of the Leeds United first-team setup between 2017 and 2019.

His journey took an exciting turn in 2019 when he made the switch to Barnsley. At Barnsley, he quickly established himself as a key player, winning the hearts of fans and earning a reputation as one of the rising stars of English football. 

However, despite his initial success, Oduor's career at Barnsley faced unexpected challenges, leading to his eventual departure.

Currently, Oduor is wearing the Kenyan national team jersey as a member of the Harambee Stars, and he is preparing to represent the country in international friendlies against Qatar and South Sudan this month.

"The most important thing is to get minutes, to gel with the team, and show everyone what I can do,” he noted.

Kenya will face the 2022 World Cup hosts for the first time at the Al Janoub Stadium on Thursday, starting at 6:15 PM local time.