- Tobias Otieno has site the delay of visa to the USA as hindrances on his already agreed deal with the USA third-tier, Union Omaha. The club (Omaha) announced on their social media pages encounter that they had acquired the services of the 22-year-old player.
However, a visa hitch coupled with the global pandemic which has grounded most of the sporting activities stands between him and the desire to cement a place in both the U-23 and the senior team.
Before the start of the 2019-2020 season from Sony, Otieno explains his frustration on visa delay saying: “It emerged that for the player to get a visa to the USA, his social media accounts had to be verified and has to source a working permit.”
“I did everything on time and was sure of being handed the green light to jet out. However, a few ‘issues’ held me back and the embassy requested me to wait. The waiting was prolonged by the pandemic but they are keen to dish out the permits. Everything is on track and I am hoping that normalcy will return soon. There should be no cause for alarm even though I can’t wait to join my teammates in Omaha and quench my thirst to play abroad,” he opened up.
Despite his young age and inexperience, Gor coach Steven Polack threw him in the deep end, relying on him to call shots in the midfield in Caf matches at the expense of the old boys.
“Gor is a big club in Africa and beyond and it is through donning their shirt that I was exposed to great opportunities. I thank Gor, Sony and all coaches who handled me at the grass-root level for molding me into the player I am today,” he said
“I was sure of getting the document in time before hell broke loose but I have no regrets. I left Gor with their blessings and have no regrets of terminating my contract with them before getting my visa,” he assured.
While sporting activities remain suspended globally, Otieno counts himself lucky as Omaha has been sending him a training regime. Before the suspension of public gatherings, Otieno was training with Tusker Wazee.