He parted ways with Tusker after a rather illustrious stint, to the surprise of many. Critics suggested that he probably was headed for the gutters.However, he took the bold step and made a move to Greece where he joined Greece second division side Panegialios. He didn't stay long, as things started to blossom and he immediately attracted the eyes of Bulgarian suitors in early 2016. He then joined PFC Slavia Sofia where he has continues to make a great impact, the greatest being an assist that has his side on the brink of Europa League qualification.
Kenyanstar caught up with Abud Omar, and he narrates his story so far. A story of resilience, talent and determination.
Kenyanstar: You have risen quite fast in the last few years. How's the journey been since you left Tusker?
Abud Omar: My journey has not been that easy. It has been quite tasking and demanding. To get to where I am, it needs a lot of sacrifices and hard work.
KS: How was it playing in Greece? Any challenges?
AO: In Greece life was good and bad at the same time. Good since the people were very friendly and welcomed me with both hands. The downside now was the club I was playing for did not fulfill their contractual obligations, which are paying my salary. That was not just for me, but the entire team. This made life very difficult considering I was in a foreigner.
KS: What’s different about Bulgaria?
AO: Some similarities and also a couple of differences. The cost of living is fairly cheap. People here are rude,cruel and a bit racist. But I love playing here.
KS: A good number of Kenyan footballers come back to the country after just few months. It’s been slightly different for you. What’s the secret?
AO: As I said earlier, the secret is none other than working hard, making lots of sacrifices and making wise decisions. There is no shortcut.
KS: Talk to us about that assist in the Europa League qualifiers. Your team also missed qualifying by a whisker. How did it feel?
AO: The assist in the Europa league was incredible. As you know, it was my first time to play in the league and making that assist for my team was unbelievable. I am so happy until today about myself. We unfortunately did not qualify, but that did not change anything. We were all new players playing at that stage, we gave our best and I am delighted.
KS: Talk to us about the national team. There has been talk on youngster Eric ‘Marcelo’ Ouma displacing you. Do you feel threatened?
AO: (Laughs). Not at all! I don't feel the pressure at the national team, but at the club. Competition at the club level is stiffer. The national team is where we all gather around to help our country.The best player are picked to represent the country well and if you are in that list then it means you're one of the best. I just wish Kenyans could understand and be happy that they have two top left backs in their country.
KS: Where are we likely to see you in the next couple of years?
AO: As you know again, our career is short. At the age of 35 you are done. So in the next couple of years I am thinking and working hard to join top level football so that I can not only realize my full potential but also earn and secure my future.
KS: Thanks for your time Abud! All the best ahead.