Charleston Battery midfielder Dominic Oduro joined us this week to answer our questions. After time with Manchester City as a youngster, he spent time in Europe before joining the Tampa Bay Rowdies and then Memphis 901. He was one of Conor Casey’s first signings and has become a key player for the Black and Yellow. Read on for what he had to say…
We’ve had some difficult results in the past couple games, but seen improvement in most key areas besides that. What do you put that down to?
I think we never give up. I think that’s what’s been helping us, and also, I know the coach has tried to change [a few things], that’s what’s been [the key] to playing some good games, even if we didn’t get the results.
As we move into the second half of the season, what are your personal goals? What do you feel you can improve? What are the team’s goals?
I think I have to work harder to help the team keep going, because we’ve been struggling for a bit. Especially with our duels; that’s what we’ve been working on in training. and I’m working on this as well, to get this sorted and help the team win.
Has having Enock [Kwakwa] here in the team been good for you in a personal sense as it’s your first season here? To have someone from home experiencing the same things you are?
I’m very happy to have Enock here. He is someone that I can talk to, that I’ve known for years. (They were together at Man City and in The Right to Dream Academy) I always talk to him and we try to explore Charleston together. I try to teach him a bit about what goes on here and I think he’s settling in well.
So what do you get up to?
We’ve been to the beach a lot, and also in town. We’ve been trying to explore more. We went to a coffee shop, and of course it was just to look around, but it was good. We go to Augi’s (Williams’) house to play FIFA sometimes, and he comes out with us to the beach. It’s pretty good.
Is there anything you’ve learned as a player or from a personal standpoint in your time here?
This has been a tough year [for me]. Sometimes you get that as a player. I’m trying to adapt to the situation. It’s a different structure than I’m used to, but as a footballer, you have to adapt.
Thank you to Dominic for his time, and as a reminder, the Battery next face the Birmingham Legion at home on Saturday, July 9th. Kick of is at 8PM and you can stream the match on ESPN+.
TOP IMAGE: ENOCK KWAKWA AND DOMINIC ODURO SHARE A JOKE IN TRAINING. BEN CLEMENS PHOTO