Ghana premier league legend, Charles Taylor has confessed that he used to learn a lot from Asante Kotoko legend Stephen Oduro during his time at Hearts of Oak.
If supporters slept at stadiums a day before a match or they had to travel over 15 hours to watch an Asante Kotoko game and possibly had to defy the fullness of a stadium to climb telecommunication masts, houses, poles and wire mesh; then it was just to catch a glimpse of Stephen Oduro. Undoubtedly, a Kotoko player who made every moment on the pitch memorable.
Oduro graced the field with so much dexterity, uniqueness and devoutness. Straight, skillful, brilliant on the ball and his sublime eye for goal. After few years with the Ghana Premier League giant, Stephen Oduro established himself as one of the finest players Kotoko have produced in modern times.
“Tico Tico” as affectionately called, dribbled with impunity and sheer brilliance. Defenders always grumble on Oduro’s feet.
However, former Hearts of Oak forward, Charles Taylor who later became Oduro’s teammate at Kotoko has surprisingly revealed that, he used to learn a lot from the diminutive midfielder who’s arguably the best Ghanaian central-midfielder of his generation.
The Asante Kotoko’s longest-serving member, Oduro, joined in the year 2000 from Real Tamale United (RTU) before switching to South Africa’s Supersports United for a season. He returned to the Porcupines fold until he retired before the start of the 2016/17 season.
‘Tico Tico’ in his sixteen years won several domestic League titles with the Club including the Ghana Premier League and helped Kotoko to the finals of the CAF winners Cup in 2001 and CAF Confederations Cup in 2004.
Oduro was a member of the Black Starlets squad that won Bronze in the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Cup in New Zealand and won one cap with the Black Stars in 2003.