Mombasa based Bandari football club is mourning the death of its manager, Alfred Obwaka Achayo.
Obwaka is said to have collapsed in a bathroom at his house moments after watching English premier league match between Arsenal and Chelsea.
The team’s day training at KPA Mbaraki was halted after the players learned of the sad news and they rushed to the Jocham hospital morgue to view the body of the deceased body before being transferred to Pandya Memorial hospital.
The deceased who leaves behind a wife and three children had complained of chest pains and breathing problems before collapsing after seeing off his colleagues after the EPL match.
According to the team’s technical bench, the deceased had spent part of his day training with the team at KPA Mbaraki Sports club for their pre-season training stint and had addressed the playing unit while in a jovial mood.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) South Coast Branch chief executive officer Sumba Bwire Bwire eulogized Obwaka as a dedicated and committed manager whose valuable contribution and role in the growth and development of football in the region speaks volumes.
Under his tenure the deceased led the dockers to a GO TV Shield Cup title in 2015 and Kenya Communications Sports Organisation (KECOSO) games soccer titles in 2016 and 2017.
The deceased made his soccer debut with the defunct Lake Warriors in the 90’s before joining Coast Stars where he rose to an assistant captain and led them to the Moi Golden Cup finals against Mumias Sugar in 1999 at Kasarani.
Obwaka later moved to Bandari fc where he served as assistant coach player under Wycliff Anyangu between 2003 and 2004 after which he became the Team Manager 2005.
At the national level Obwaka featured for the national soccer team Harambee Stars that participated in the Castle Larger Cup in 2003 in Mwanza Tanzania.