#RIPOG – Tributes Following Death Of Rising Rugby Star

2016 has been one for the books – so many lives lost – so many loved ones left reeling; so many young people with such bright futures ahead, gone too soon.

The sporting community in Kenya was left in a state of shock yesterday, following the news of the untimely death of Nondescripts RFC player Ogeto Gecheo, following a clash between his side and Strathmore Leos during a Kenya Cup game this past weekend. What had seemed like a run of the mill injury quickly developed into something more serious than had been expected. He eventually passed on at the Aga Khan hospital at 4am on Tuesday morning.

Rugby is one of Kenya’s most followed and most loved sports – and the rugby community is a tight knit one. It’s a family. Players mingle with fans – party at the same venues, and support each other despite the rivalry on the pitch.

Which made this loss even more personal for so many followers of the game, and for those who knew Ogeto personally. It wasn’t about which team he played for – but the fact that he was a part of what made weekend games so special!

It’s easy to say great things about those who pass on, but Ogeto really was a rising star.  He went to school atr Maseno, where he captained his side to the runners up spot at the National 15s school games in 2014. He then joined the Impala Academy last season, before marking his big debut at Nondies.

All Kenya Cup, Championship and Eric Shirley Shield games this weekend will  observe a minute of silence in honor of the former Nondies centre.

The same will apply to the Rift Valley Nationwide and Central nationwide leagues.

Definitely a young man gone too soon. He will be remembered for his talent, his rapport with team mates and his determination to excel at every level of the sport he loved the most.

Rest in Peace, Ogeto!

 

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