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Thika United midfielder Dennis Odhiambo has vowed to cement starting role in Harambee Stars after putting up an amazing performance against Egypt

By Dennis Mabuka in Aswani City,
Egypt

Harambee Stars midfielder Dennis Odhiambo has vowed to cement starting role in the team after putting up a virtuso performance against Egypt in a friendly played at Aswan Stadium on Saturday night.

The Thika United ace was instrumental for Stars despite the team going down 1-0 to Pharaohs courtesy of a 56th minute goal by Amar Gamal in a sold out crowd.

Odhiambo, who was captaining team for the first time, was very outstanding as he made umpteen headers and tackles in key areas and managed to keep Egypt's impressive attack at bay.

"It was one of my best performance in national team colours," Odhiambo told Goal after the match. "We played well and deserved to win but we take defeat as it gives us confidence going into other assignments.

"We knew Egypt will play an attacking game and that is why we decided to play offensive and attack at the sametime. In my own view a draw could have been a fair result for both teams.

"I now want to build myself from this performance and keep my status in the team. The most important thing for me now is to make sure that I maintain my starting role in the team and will work hard to keep that."

On captaining Kenyan for the first time Odhiambo said, "I was shocked when coach Bobby Williamson asked me to lead out the side during our pre-match meeting. I have never dreamt of wearing national team arm band and this sounded like a shock to me.

"It was a decision that kept me asking why me? But when you get such an opportunity you must take it with both hands and I thank God that I did not disappoint."

Coach Williamson praised the attitude of the player, who was making his 25th appearance for national team. "Odhiambo was marvelous tonight," replied Williamson.

"I have followed performances of this player since I came to Kenya and especially during my times at Gor Mahia and I want to admit that he contains qualities of going places. His performance was from out of this world and I hope he maintains same discipline and keep working hard."

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