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Fans united in mourning football fan ‘Odu Cobra’

Monday January 21 2019

James Oduor Radido alias Cobra speaks during a past event. He was among the victims of the DusitD2 terror attack in Nairobi's 14 Riverside Drive on January 15, 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY |

James Oduor Radido alias Cobra speaks during a past event. He was among the victims of the DusitD2 terror attack in Nairobi's 14 Riverside Drive on January 15, 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY |  

TOM OSANJO
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Until very recently, the only “Cobra” I knew on football circles was Paul Oduwo Cobra, the legendary hard-tackling Gor Mahia player.

Then I met a person with a totally different personality, the bearded Gor Mahia fan James Oduor Cobra. James was a Gor Mahia fan per excellence.

He had all statistics about the club, was passionate about football, not only cheering Gor Mahia but also Harambee Stars and an overall football fan.

He called himself the Chief Mdau (stakeholder).’I am sure 90 per cent of football fans have met Odu Cobra at one time or another. A great man, always jovial, always ready to discuss football. Sadly, on Tuesday last week we lost James Oduor Cobra, his life snuffed by the terrorists who attacked the 14 Riverside complex.

I will not talk much about Odu Cobra. Today I will share this space with all those who are deeply touched and affected by the loss of Cobra.
These are their words. James Odu cobra was among the first people on Twitter to inform the world about the terror attack at the Riverside complex while he was trapped inside the building. He, however, did not make it out alive.

Joanne Onyango: It was never a dull day with you James Oduor Cobra. The Angels are very lucky to have you up there now. Everyone who knew you and got a chance to interact with you feels lost bro! Your memories will forever remain in our hearts! Rest In Peace…..

Ibrahim Kitawi: Life is just unfair … Leo yote nimekua siamini. Naona tu utatokea ama niambiwe uko sawa. So sad … Rest in peace Odu Cobra … Aiii mimi bado siamini…..

Francis Wachiuri: Go well brother, KPL fans fun day will never be the same again ….
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator and the Majority Leader in the Senate, Kipchumba Murkomen: I enjoyed playing football against him a couple of times. I enjoyed the banter and the way he liked teasing me. He was my fellow Manchester United supporter. RIP Odu!

Evo Evans: It is well my brother. I never had a chance to say goodbye. Tutapatana huko juu. Pumzika pema peponi….
Jack Oguda: Rest with the Angels my brother. Just a few days after watching the weekend matches and just before your birthday. We will truly miss you...

Alumirah Alexander: So sad that Wadau will miss you. RIP bro. I can't imagine you going on your birthday…
Elijah Oduor: Rest in peace my friend. You are gone but not forgotten. Football fraternity will miss you….
Artstanding Digital Media: Sad day for football fans. We have lost one of the most dedicated fans of the game and founder of WADAU TV;

James Oduor Cobra; to the Riverside terror attack. Today was to be his birthday. RIP Odu…..

It is with a heavy heart that we must share the sad news of the passing of a great man from Team Hippos James Oduor Cobra aka Odu …

Tigers FC: You were and are still an inspiration to all, with a heart that radiated love and warmth through all our lives. You will truly be missed and forever remembered…..

A man who could see humour in every possible situation of life.
A man full of wit.
A free spirit.
A fun spirit.
A carefree soul.
A man who loved to tell stories.
And to listen to stories.
#UleMtotoWaKariokor…..
Rateng Mor Kich

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