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Kisii 2rd September 2020 ………….A solemn send off was given to National Super League (NSL) side Shabana FC’s right back Evans Obutu, who had passed on two weeks ago who was laid to lest on Tuesday his home in Kenyenya.
The burial was flocked by current and former players, coaches, fans and local leaders who gave testimonies on how the late assisted the Kisii side to seal promotion to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) second tier in 2018 for scoring the last penalty against Mwatate United in post-match penalties at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani in a playoff encounter, a spot kick that enabled shabana to seal promotion to the second tier following a 7-6 victory.
The 33-year-old defender, who was on loan at Shabana from Posta Rangers, succumbed to a stomach injury he sustained during a friendly match between non-league sides Town Warriors and Patarion at Gesure Primary School grounds in Nyamira County.
He was tabbed from Rangers in 2015 and since then, he had been instrumental in the club that is eying promotion to the top flight.
The club’s captain Wycliffe Nyangechi said Obutu was his mentor who could lead other players during training sessions and matches.
“Have lost a mentor , I will miss him dearly at the defense” Nyangechi said as he broke into tears.
Shabana club’s head coach Vincent Nyaberi expressed fears that the club may not produce a talented defender like Obutu in the near future, something he said may affect the club’s performance.
Obutu was among the 12 players who remained loyal at the club last year and honoured all matches while the rest went on strike citing delayed payment. During the same period, the management suspended 11 players over the boycott.
His wife Ms Ruth Omoke while narrating how her husband was a pillar in the family said he had left a big gap.
Stephen Kiama, Shabana’s organizing secretary said Obutu will be remembered for his loyalty at the club since he remained active in the field even when the club was facing serious financial constraints.
“It’s with deep sorrow that today we are laying to rest a talented player who had promised us good results next season, he will be truly remembered for his outstanding contribution at the club” he said.
The late left behind promises made to his family, especially the ailing widow who requires about Sh1.5m for treatment. She has a wound on the leg that has troubled her for the last two years.
Kisii county executive for sports Duke Mainga who represented governor James Ongwae at the burial said the devolved will pay part of the money.
“The governor told me that the county government will offer a waiver for her treatment and we encourage her to come to Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital (KTRH) even tomorrow” said the executive. Fans and local leaders also pledged to offer financial support
He left behind a widow and four children, three boys and a girl.