Unsettled Omar has a lot to offer, says former Stars coach Nandwa

By Gilbert Wandera: Wednesday, May 29th 2019 at 00:05 GMT +3 | Football
Harambee Stars defender Aboud Omar in a friendly match against Liberia. [Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com]

Former Harambee Stars assistant coach James Nandwa believes off-pitch matters have stifled Aboud Omar’s career prospects.

Omar 26, made it to the 30 member squad travelling to Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt next month.

“Despite his ability, we are yet to see his best due to the fact that he has not settled in any club for long and he also has a weakness of sulking and getting in trouble with referees.

“But if he settles, he is able to do well. He pushes himself, overlaps well and his recovery is great. In a big tournament he is able to give you a lot,” he said.

Nandwa also says the player has grown in his ball releasing abilities. “ Previously, he used to have a problem letting go of the ball but I have seen he has grown out of it.

He challenged the player to be willing to fight for a position in the team and not take it personal when he is benched.

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“One of the reasons, he has been moving clubs is due to the fact that he is overlooked sometimes but that is normal and he ought to learn to fight for his place in any given team.

“This is fueled by his belief in his abilities which is a positive thing but he must accept that there are a lot of people fighting for the same position,” added Nandwa.

Last April, Omar was in the news for all the wrong reasons when he was sacked by Slavia for allegedly insulting his fellow players something the player denied and threatened to refer the matter to the world governing body Fifa.

Omar who was born in Mombasa began his career at Admiral which takes part in the second tier league in Mombasa but due to his great talent, he was soon loaned to Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Bandari. He scored five goals for Bandari in 63 appearances.

Two years later, he joined Tusker where he stayed for two years and made more than 70 appearances which also earned him a call up to the national team Harambee Stars.

His European sojourn started in 2015 when he joined Penafialios in Greece. He played only 14 times before moving to Bulgarian side Slavia Sofia where he stayed for two years and made 59 appearances.

In summary

-Aboud Omar has made 32 appearances for Harambee Stars since 2013.

-His current club Sepsi Sfantu is Romania is the seventh since he started his football career in 2010 in Mombasa.

-He has featured in the Europa League when his former club Slavia Sofia featured won the qualifier match against Zagblebie Lubin of Poland.

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