Former Nigerian player growing soccer in CSRA

June 10, 2014 NORTH AUGUSTA, SC-- It's called the "World's Game" for a reason.

The soccer world descends on Brazil in just a matter of days for the highest level of play at the World Cup.

For Augusta's Clement Odi, soccer is the only sport. Odi is a former Nigerian national player, who competed for a World Cup roster in the 1980s.

Growing up in Jos Township, Nigeria, Odi always had the kick for soccer. No matter the time or school work in the way.

"I would hide my shoes to go out of the house and go play...that's how much I loved the game...and it paid off," Odi said.

Indeed. Competing against thousands of players, Odi turned pro at 14-years-old reaching the national team at 17.

"That's a lot of players. It's the skill you show and the high intensity that you want it. This is what I want to do. I'm going to have to put on my best," Odi said.

Odi's dreams of reaching the World Cup are now just that-- dreams. He fell just shy of actual Cup competition.

However, as a soccer coach in North Augusta, there's still one way to keep his dreams alive.

"Since I didn't win during my time (of the World Cup). The ultimate for me to do now is train the kids as much as possible," Odi said.

Odi is doing his part to grow the "World's Game" in the CSRA.


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