Tusker midfielder keeps slim title hopes alive, targets Harambee Stars call-up

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FOOTBALL Tusker midfielder keeps slim title hopes alive, targets Harambee Stars call-up

Joel Omotto 18:48 - 06.01.2024

Tusker midfielder Mike Oduor feels his side’s poor run has cost them a top-three place in the FKF Premier League but has not given up on the title as he eyes a national team call-up

Tusker FC midfielder Mike Oduor has admitted his team have underperformed this season after a poor start to the campaign left them in seventh place by the time the league was taking a mid-season break.

The Brewers have 25 points, 12 behind leaders Gor Mahia who have played a game more, but things would have been worse had they not improved towards the end of 2023.

Before their six-match unbeaten run between November and December, Tusker had won just three of their first 10 games but they improved towards the end of the year, winning four and drawing two to move to seventh on the log.

Oduor feels they should at least be among the top three and hopes to build on their recent good run as they start 2024 with a match against KCB on Sunday.

“It has been difficult for us as players, we did not expect this kind of run. We thought we would be in the top three but right now things have started to change,” said Oduor.

“We have gained confidence after winning three games on the bounce which has been a plus. We sat as players and decided to return Tusker to where it should be.”

The midfielder is also thrilled with the competition within the team which he feels is bringing out the best in each of them even as he eyes a good second leg which he hopes will earn him a place in the national team.

“It was difficult for me because we have good players and you have to fight for your position. It is not easy to be in the starting XI for three games straight because everyone deserves to play, there is healthy competition,” he added.

“My goals and assists give me confidence. When I got into the game, I went to score or assist. In the second leg, I really want to work extra hard to earn a call-up to the national team. We [still] want to win the league and if we work hard, we can achieve it,” said Oduor, who has scored two goals this season.

Tusker will take on fifth-placed KCB seeking a fourth straight victory that will seem them overtake the Bankers on the log.

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