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5 Minutes with ... Dominic Oduro

Dynamo forward Dominic Oduro took some time after practice on Wednesday to answer a few questions from HoustonDynamo.com about his life, on and off the field.

What is your favorite thing about the city of Houston?

I love the heat. It’s just like back home. Sometimes it’s really hot, but I don’t mind it.

What is your least favorite thing?

The downtown area. All these other cities have thriving downtowns with restaurants and stuff, but here in Houston it’s mostly businesses.

What is your opinion on the Corey Ashe fro-hawk?

I think it looks stupid. It makes him look even shorter.

Who is a player that you admire and want to model your game after?

Samuel Eto’o. He is a great player, one of the best in the world.

Do you feel added pride when you see African players succeeding at the highest level in Europe?

Yes, definitely. Players like that put African football on the map. I always like to see African players succeed. 

What advice did you give Anthony Obodai, a fellow Ghanaian, when he joined the club? 

I told him to have patience. It is very difficult to sit on the bench, and it can get frustrating. So I always tell him to be patient, because if you are patient, everything will fall into place for you. 

What do you hope to do after your playing career is over? 

I want to coach. I love coaching. It’s something I have wanted to do for a long time. Sometimes I have gone out to the Dynamo camps for a day or two, but it’s something I want to do full-time. 

What are your hobbies off the field? 

I love to read and play ping-pong. I think I’m the best ping-pong player in the locker room. I know Corey [Ashe] and Geoff [Cameron] don’t agree with me, but I don’t care, I know I’m the best. 

Has there been a tournament? 

Not yet, but we are trying to set something up right now. 

What book are currently reading? 

The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry.

What is your favorite book? 

It's definitely Runaway Jury by John Grisham. I saw the movie too, but the book was much better.