Veteran Gor Mahia goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch has revealed to Official Gor Mahia Website that he started off his career as an offensive player before switching to the posts.
Oluoch was a dependable midfielder at both Joseph Apudo High School and Railways FC before his late brother George Odhiambo-a former K’Ogalo custodian-influenced him to goalkeeping.
The Kenyan international, who joined Gor Mahia in 2015 after a six year stint at Tusker, vividly remembers how his footballing journey began.
Oluoch won back-to-back league titles with Tusker in 2011 and 2012 before switching over to the Green Army where he has so far inspired us to four league titles (2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019).
“It is true I started out as a midfielder before falling in love with the gloves. It began like a joke and I still remember that day to date. There is a day my hood team failed to raise a quorum for a match and they asked me to fill the number by playing upfront,” recalled Oluoch.
“That’s exactly how I had my first experience as an outfield player. But in the next incident, our goalkeeper failed to turn up for a match and this time around I was given the responsibility of guarding the posts. I think all this happened in the early 2000s.”
He admits that the outfield role really shaped his future career: “That strong background developed both my confidence and ball-handling skills that’s why I’m never afraid to dribble the ball past an opponent. It also happened at a time when my late brother was a goalkeeper at Gor Mahia. He used to train and impart more goalkeeping skills on me,” said Oluoch.