Players Abroad: Omolyn Davis takes her game to Kazakhstan
by Tiffany Weimer
Through Twitter, I came across Omolyn Davis’ account with a Tweet saying she was playing in Kazakhstan. With not much known about women’s soccer in the country and she likely being one of the first North Americans to play there, I had to learn more. Check out my interview with the Jamaican international previously of George Mason University as well as magicJack SC of WPS, and Energiya Voronezh of Russia.
The road has been a little rocky at the start, with a few hiccups with visa delays and transfer delays. We have not played any games yet, most of my time spent has been in Turkey. We were in Turkey for two weeks from February 24-March 10. Then we went back to Turkey on April 7-April 18. Our first game is April 25th.
As for different experience, I haven’t had much thus yet to compare between WPS and Russia and Kazakhstan. Also, remember I had contract issues in Russia so I did not have a good experience there.
Playing conditions are fair here in Kazakhstan. We play on our home turf field with a full size track located around. It holds approximately 3,000 people.
Living conditions are good, we are staying at a what looks to be a sports complex. It has coaches offices, meeting rooms, doctors office (which is really good if you need a doctor during the day), rooms, small gym, small kitchen and chill area, and bathrooms.
At the base, five players from the team reside at the complex: one from Cameroon, one from Uzbekistan, two from Kazakhstan and me. I had the choice for an apartment but I chose to be more conservative since things are more accessible here. The base is also occupied by some wrestling players (women). Shops are in walking distance, including a small mall. Which is very convenient and makes me feel independent.
6. What do you hope to gain from this season/year while you’re there?
I hope to win a championship here and also get past the preliminary round in Champions League. I also wish to learn different types of soccer and am also hoping my Russian will get better by the end of the year.
Follow Davis on her journey in Kazakhstan through her Twitter page
Tiffany Weimer grew up in Connecticut where she earned herself the opportunity to play soccer for Penn State University. She holds the Big Ten all-time goals record (91) and was a 2x runner up for the Hermann Trophy. From Penn State, Tiffany played for many teams all over the world, had a handful of call-ups to the US U21 and senior women’s national teams and at 29 years of age, continues to enjoy scoring goals for her team. In 2010, with co-founder Khaled El-Ahmad, Tiffany created Our Game Magazine and has been at the helm ever since. Aside from the magazine and playing, Tiffany is also involved in coaching for girlsCAN Football and blogging on her personal site.