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Former Kenya and Gor Mahia player Ben Oloo found dead.

By PHILIP ONYANGOFormer Harambee Stars and Gor Mahia player Ben "breakdance" Oloo was found dead Monday morning at his house at Koo Chonjo in Mombasa.The gifted left winger, who joined Bandari in 1984 from Lake Warriors, was found dead on his bed but it could not immediately be established how he died.

According to a colleague at Kenya Ports Authority, where he was a manager and former Gor Mahia teammate George Onyango Fundi , who was the last person with him on Sunday night, Oloo was in high spirits the whole evening when they had drinks at Makupa Welfare Centre after watching KPA men's basketball team clinch the National classic league title.Fundi is yet to come to terms with the death of his friend.

"We watched the basketball final match together after which we opted for a drink at the Makupa welfare pub, where we were joined by among others visiting referees of the match Joseph Amoko, and Juma Kent from Nairobi."It is then that Oloo used my phone to call KPA acting Administration Manager Bildad Kisero who joined us and offered us drinks," Fundi said.

Fundi said they had drinks while happily remembering their days together in Nairobi until some minutes to midnight when he escorted him to his house just outside the KPA welfare Centre gate.Born in 1961 in Migori County, Oloo went to Central Primary School, where he sat his Certificate of Primary Examination (CPE), before joining Kisumu Boys High School, where he played hockey and helped the school win the national title in 1974.Ben Oloo in a recent photo.

He was found dead on Monday morning. PHOTO | COURTESY |He transferred to St Mary's High school in Yala where he abandoned hockey for basketball until 1978, when Erick Omonge asked him to join football after a brilliant display during the Inter- dormitory competition.

He joined Kisumu Black Stars and played in the 1979 and 1980 Kenyan Premier League , before joining Utalli College from 1981 to 1982 to pursue a course in Food and Beverage.He helping Utalii clinch a spot in the Premier League.

Oloo went to Mombasa in 1982, where he joined Lake Warrioirs FC for two years in the National League Division One and Two and it is there that he was scouted by Bandari in 1984 before joining Gor Mahia in 1985.Oloo was dubbed "Breakdance" because his amazing dribbling skills which made opposing defenders dance. Coincidentally , Breakdance was the popular move of 1985 when he joined Kogalo and fans immediately coined the name for him.

He played alongisde K'Ogalo legends John Bobby Ogolla, Peter Dawo, Austin Oduor, Peter Otieno Bassanga among others.Related Stories

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Publication:Daily Nation, Kenya (Nairobi, Kenya)
Article Type:Obituary
Geographic Code:6KENY
Date:Feb 26, 2018
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