The Kenya Rugby fraternity took time to condole with the family and friends of Mike Okombe following the player’s untimely demise on Saturday, 4 November in Nakuru.
“I can’t believe it but God knows better.Rest in Peace Mike Okombe,”says Kenya 7s skipper Andrew Amonde.
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“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden passing on of one of our own, Mike Okombe .Kindly keep the family and the entire Nakuru rugby fraternity in your prayers during these trying times,”Okombe’s club Nakuru RFC said through a statement.
“The Western Bulls are shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of former Bull and Kenya Rugby 15s player Mike Okombe.Mike played his first ever club game for the Western Bulls,We pray to the almighty for him and to give his family strength during this difficult time.”a statement from Western Bulls reads.
Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Richard Omwela, paid tribute to Okombe, saying,“ Mike was uncompromising on the field,but quiet, unassuming and loved off the field. His death is a big blow to the Kenyan rugby fraternity.”
“Our prayers and thoughts are with the entire Kenya rugby fraternity following the untimely and shocking demise of Michael Shitindo Okombe. Michael was a tenacious and ferocious backrow who proudly represented Western Bulls and later Nakuru Rugby Club and Kenya Simbas winning several accolades. This is a big loss to Kenya rugby. May he have eternal peace,”a statement from Kenya Cup side Mwamba RFC reads.
Simbas Team Manager Simiyu Wangila said, “It is a very devastating loss, the squad is still coming to terms with the news of Mike’s death. He was an instrumental part of this team and will surely be missed. We had intended for him to join up with the team after our tour of Hong Kong but tragically this will not happen. Every game we play in Hong Kong will be in Mike’s memory.”
“Our condolences go out to the entire rugby fraternity, the family & friends of Mike Okombe. May peace surround you during this period.Rest in PeaceOkombe,”reads Impala Saracens message of condolence.
His Simbas team mate Darwin Mukidza said, ” He was very dependable,fierce and loyal. We were looking forward to his return but have been hit hard by the news of his demise. While its hard to comprehend, it fires us up to work hard and dedicate every performance to our fallen lion because Mike was the kind of person who gave his all whenever he was called upon.”
“May his family, friends and team mates find strength during this trying time. He will be sorely sorely missed, not only by his team mates at Top Fry Nakuru and the Simbas, but by the entire rugby fraternity.Rest In Peace Mike,”reads a statement from the Kenya Rugby Union.