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City Stars chairman Peter Jabuya has sensationally revealed to Goal.com that many teams including some from Kenya avoided the player thinking he was 'excessive baggage'

By Goal.com Staff

City Stars Chairman Peter Jabuya has sensationally revealed to Goal.com that many teams including some from the Kenyan Premier League, avoided Kenyan forward George 'Blackberry' Odhiambo like a plague.
 
Jabuya was instrumental in ensuring the 21 year-old former Kenyan Player of the Year, moved to Armenian club Shirak FC early this year, a club the youngster assisted to clinch the league title.
 
"In January, the boy (Blackberry) approached me and asked for an opportunity to train and play for City Stars. I couldnt say no, their was nothing to gamble about because his talent is not questionable."

"So to be honest, I cant say I took any risk whatsoever. However at that point many clubs avoided him, nobody wanted to touch him, I believe they imagined he had come with excessive baggage from his previous clubs."

Odhiambo was to later be released by the club for trials in Armenia, before eventually signing a deal with the club in February this year.
 
The play-maker's previous stints at Randers FC (Denmark) and Azam (Tanzania) were cut short by mutual understanding amidst reports that the player had failed to settle.
 
Jabuya also revealed that City Stars is set to benefit in case 'Blackberry' is sold on to another team.
 
"The club got nothing from the transfer, however just like with Wanyama and Gateri, the club will get a substantial amount of the sign on fee, should the player be sold by Shirak FC. Fingers crossed."

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