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Gor Mahia legend dies

Tuesday June 30 2020
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Gor Mahia legend Suleiman Khamis Shamba died on June 30, 2020 in Kisumu after succumbing to kidney failure. PHOTO | POOL

By CECIL ODONGO

Gor Mahia legend Suleiman Khamis Shamba is dead.

Khamis, a defender during his heydays, died on Tuesday morning at a hospital in Kisumu due to kidney failure an illness he has been battling for some time.

Gor Mahia took to Twitter to mourn the legend.

"It's with deep sorrow we have been informed of the demise of our legend Suleiman Khamis Shamba, which occurred this morning in Kisumu, please keep his family and friends in prayers. RIP legend! #Sirkal," the club wrote on its social media platforms.

Khamis was part of the squad that reached the final of Africa Cup Winners Cup against eventual winners Canon Younde of Cameroon in 1979, his maiden season at the club.

Gor Mahia CEO Lordvick Aduda, who was a close friend to the late, said he was one of the best defenders in Gor in 1980s.

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"I have lost a personal friend and a talented footballer who played for Gor Mahia with great passion," Aduda told Nation Sport.

He left K'Ogalo in 1986 when he retired from football.

He also played for Harambee Stars and was part of the team that won Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup thrice in a row from 1981 to 1983.

Khamis also served as Nyanza North Football Kenya Federation branch chairman from 2012-2016.

Until his demise, he was a member of the Kisumu West Constituency Development Fund (CDF) committee.
 

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