Uganda’s most adventurous journeyman Mathëw Tayo Odongo has successfully managed to escape a host of challenges at Kenyan side Zoo Kericho FC to complete his anticipated move to Biashara Mara United.
Biashara Mara United is a football club in the Tanzania Mainland Premier League who convincingly finished fourth in the league to earn an opportunity to play on the continent in the forthcoming season.
Odongo being an industrious kind of player will add a lot of skill and flea but also transitional speed to the Tanzanian side whose offense has been slightly slow.
His magnificent eye for goal will also be paramount to Patrick Odhiambo’s side as they quest to increase the amount of goals they score in the various competitions they are to take part in.
They will most importantly be anxious in waiting to compete in the forthcoming 2021/2022 CAF Confederations Cup season alongside Azam FC with whom they will represent Tanzania.
To get to the group stages of the competition, the side managed by former Sony Sugar FC head coach will have to negotiate a preliminary two legged fixture against Djibouti’s FC Dikhil that is scheduled for September 10-12th.
Odongo is currently in Mwanza Kenya for pre-season with his new side as they intensify training for their CAF Confederations Cup Preliminary round fixture. The team is conducting it’s training sessions at Nyamagana stadium.
Tayo’s Football Adventure
The fascinating winger excitingly commenced his playing career with then Uganda Premier League side SC Victoria University during the 2014/2015 season before earning a move to Tusker FC in Kenya that same year.
He would quickly swap Tusker FC for Kariobangi Sharks FC, still in Kenya where he stayed till the year 2018, only to return to Tusker FC following the expiry of his employment contract.
A return to Uganda with topflight league side URA FC seemed a logical idea in the aftermath of his much anticipated second departure from the Kenyan side in 2018 but little did he know that this was bound to be yet another short spell.
A third Kenyan topflight side in Wazito FC came calling in 2019 following his departure from URA. He would spend just a year with them before joining what has now come to be his fourth and last Kenyan Federation Premier League side, Zoo Kericho FC in 2020.
It is fair to say that his time at Zoo Kericho didn’t go exactly according to plan because at the conclusion of the previous season, the club was relegated to Kenyan third tier league by football’s governing body FIFA courtesy of match manipulation.
This particular communication was done through a letter to the Kenya Football Federation who instantly directed it to the club.
The letter was signed by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee chairman, ordering an immediate relegation of a side that was only founded in 2009 and needed only a season to gain promotion to the second tier.
The federation, in view of the aforementioned decision and in accordance with their obligation to the FIFA statutes also further applied extra pressure on the club to implement a prevention plan as an educational directive designed to prevent and combat the vice.
The bottomline ultimately being that Zoo Kericho FC as a club were always bound to struggle to meet the wage demands of their players and other contractual obligations. Selling off players like Odongo seemed the most logical idea.