When fans hear Neddy will be playing, they all show up in large numbers to watch the game. Her skill with the ball has made fans associate her to Marta of Brazil. It was not surprising to find out that Marta is a player that Neddy looks up to for inspiration and skills. I got to find out more about Neddy in this interview:
Name: Neddy Atieno Okoth
Height: 5 Feet
Weight: 57 KG
Team/Club: MAKOLANDERS FC
Best Meal: Fish and Ugali
Hobbies: Dancing and watching TV/Movies
How long have you been playing football?
Since I was about 10 but I started playing seriously when I was 12.
What clubs have you played for, from when you first played to now?
Makolanders is my first club, I joined them this year. I was not able to join a club previously because I was in still in school, so I played for the school team.
How did you land in the club you are in right now?
Florence Adhiambo; my Coach in the U20, selected me and introduced me to the club.
What are your thoughts and feelings of the club you are in right now?
I believe we are a good team with talented players and we shall go far in this game.
What is your favourite Jersey number?
Who is your favourite female player in the world? (Why?)
Marta da Silva, I love her style of play.
Where do you train from when you are not training with the team?
Buruburu phase 1 grounds.
How many times do you train in a week?
We train 5 times in a week.
What is your best moment thus far in your career?
When I was nominated best Female player of the year at the SOYA Awards and I won it and got a personal trophy.
What has been your worst moment?
When I was in the Under 20 National team and we lacked some facilities. We even did not have transport money, so we had to walk everyday to and from training. But we struggled through it and we got far, though not as far as we would have liked.
What challenges you are facing as a club or player at the moment?
My challenge is, not being able to acquire scholarship to further my education or to help me improve my playing abilities. I have played seriously for a long time now and I was a good player in high school but I didn’t get any. But I still play on because I love the game so much.
Have you ever played for the national team? How many times?
I have played for the Under 20 team once.
Which countries did you play against?
I have played against Lesotho, Zambia and Tunisia for the World cup qualifications.
How can you compare Kenya’s talent to the other African countries?
Our ladies team is very talented, it’s even hard to make it to the starting team. Though the federation only supports the men and we are left out.
What club would you like to play for in the future (locally & Internationally)?
My dream Team is Brazil. (Laughs) But I was born a Kenyan.
What do you think about women football in Kenya?
They should be considered because they have talent and they can bring change to the game.
Women football is getting recognized in the world, what can FKF do to ensure we are not left behind?
FKF should try to build our women’s team. Take us to camp and organize friendly matches just as they do for the men and we shall not let them down.
For women since football is not a pro sport, most players depend on a second career for livelihood. What is your other career? How does this affect your training regime?
At the moment I am playing football, but I hope to join the Kenyan Army soon and serve my country.
Who would you like to appreciate that has inspired your football career?
Catherine Ndereba. She works as a prison Warder and still she pursues her career as a marathoner and is successful. Her drive and her commitment inspires me to never give up
What is your parting shot to the upcoming players and your teammates?
I can tell them to press on with their talent and use the challenges they face as stepping stones. Don’t listen to people who discourage you. Always believe in yourself and God
A Sports enthusiast. Football lover and blogger.