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'Lot of people in Kenya aspire to play Pro Kabaddi League', says Patna Pirates' Daniel Odhiambo

Daniel Odhiambo

Hyderabad, Dec 5: All-rounder Daniel Odhiambo, who is currently part of the Patna Pirates squad in the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) Season 9, expressed that the sport of kabaddi has seen tremendous growth in Kenya since the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup.

Kabaddi on the rise in Kenya

Kabaddi Odhiambo said, "Kabaddi has grown in Kenya since the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. Now, there's kabaddi in almost every city in our country. We work hard to grow the sport in Kenya. We travel to different schools and colleges and introduce the sport across the country. It's our responsibility to spread the sport across the nation. We also thought of starting a Kabaddi League in Kenya, but we have not been able to do that yet."

Odhiambo added that a lot of people in Kenya also aspire to play in the Pro Kabaddi League, "A lot of people know about kabaddi in my city. And there are a lot of people, who want to be like me and want to join the Pro Kabaddi League. They feel good when they see me. They also believe that they will play in the League one day."

Kabaddi - a career

The all-rounder further added, "The people in Kenya watch PKL highlights on YouTube. My family supports me a lot and they understand that kabaddi can be a career. I have liked being in India, but the food is a bit spicy for me. It's hard to adapt to the food here, so I don't try too many new dishes. I like to eat Dal Rice."

Odhiambo also said that he has picked up a few common Hindi words, "When the coach is speaking to the team, he mostly speaks in Hindi, but I understand most of what he says. Nobody has to translate for me. I interact with a lot of people in India and I have picked up some common Hindi words, which helps me to understand the language."

Matches on Tuesday:

The U Mumba side will be desperate for a victory when they take on the Dabang Delhi K.C. as they will be out of the Playoffs race if they finish on the wrong side of the result on Tuesday. However, they will face tough competition from Delhi's raiders Naveen Kumar and Ashu Malik.

The Gujarat Giants will be hoping to continue their brilliant form and keep their play-offs hopes alive when they go up against Telugu Titans on Tuesday. While Parteek Dahiya will lead the charge for the Giants, the Titans will hope for Siddharth Desai to take them over the line and enthral their home fans.

Season 9 of the Pro Kabaddi League is being broadcast live on the Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar from 7:30 PM onwards every day.

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Story first published: Monday, December 5, 2022, 19:09 [IST]
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