June 13, 2024

Rugby star Billy 'The Kid' retires at 30

Rugby star Billy 'The Kid' retires at 30
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Odhiambo had represented the country in the World Series over the years, his last assignment coming earlier in the year in London.

Kenya Simbas and Shujaa centre Billy 'The Kid' Odhiambo has called time on his illustrious rugby career on November 7, the day he turned 30.

After 11 years of representing the country on the international scene, the World Rugby Sevens Series winner with Shujaas announced his exit on his social media platforms.

"As I mark my 30th Birthday and cross over to a new decade, I want to take this chance to announce my retirement from the Sport that I love so much. God has been so good to me ever since I donned that shirt for the first time in 2012 at Port Elizabeth up until the last time in London this year. 11 good years of God's Grace and favor," his statement read in part.

Odhiambo had represented the country in the World Series over the years, his last assignment coming earlier in the year in London. Over the years, the now 30-year-old has had success with the 7's team, being part of the 2016 Singapore 7s winning squad.

He had also represented the country in two Olympics, in Rio (2016) and the delayed Tokyo Games (2021). He was also part of the team that competed in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Odhiambo took to socials media to thank his parents, siblings including, Awuor who was also his manager for always being 'in his corner'.

 


"My wife ZamZam and my sons Zafar and Zaheem who have been my rock, you were part of my 'why', I thank you and I love you.

All my coaches, managements, mentors, teammates and even opponents who have been part of my journey, I thank you for believing in me and making me a better man.

To you the fans who have stood by me and held me accountable through out this journey, I thank you and I love you all.Excited to see what the future holds in store. Billy The kid' Odhiambo out," his statement concluded.

The Strathmore alumnus who played in last year's Rugby World Cup 7s joins a list of Kenyan rugby stars who have recently called time on their career inuidng Willy Ambaka, and Collins Injera among others.