Kenyan Rugby Star Billy Odhiambo Retires: What You Didn’t Know About Him

Billy Odhiambo alias Billy ‘The Kid’, made an announcement about his retirement this week.

The Kenya and Mwamba center called an end to his rugby career as he marked his 30th birthday, on November 7th, 2023.

“As I mark my 30th birthday I’d also like to announce my retirement from Rugby. I thank you all for your support over the 11 years of my career and excited to see what the future holds. Billy ‘The Kid’ Odhiambo out,” he posted on his social media channels.

He further thanked his teammates, coaches, opponents, and family members for their contributions throughout his career.

“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,” Odhiambo added.

CHOFU, JAPAN – JULY 26: Billy Odhiambo of Team Kenya in action on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Stadium on July 26, 2021 in Chofu, Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Here are some things you might not know about Billy:

Born November 7, 1993, in Nyeri, the Kenya Sevens rugby player has had an illustrious career spanning 11 years, participating in 68 tournaments and scoring 111 tries.

Odhiambo became the fourth Kenyan to reach 100 tries in Kenya’s history as Shujaa narrowly overcame favorites England 19-14 at the Los Angeles Sevens, United States two years ago.

He was part of the Kenya Sevens that won the Singapore Sevens in 2016, the first time Kenya won a leg in the World Rugby Seven Series history.

He also featured in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in Scotland, 2016 Olympics in Rio, 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens.

Odhiambo is an alumnus of Maseno School and Strathmore University.

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