- Kenya’s football legend at the 1972 Africa Cup of Nations, the best midfielder of his time, Martin Ouma ‘Ogwanjo’ passes on at the age of 71.
Ouma was known for his charming personality hence the nickname ‘Chati’. He played for Gor Mahia and is considered one of the greatest players in the game’s history when Gor Mahia won the 1976 Kenyan Premier League triumphantly.
As stated by his son, Tom Ouma, the senior Gor Mahia midfielder died on Saturday morning at his rural home, Alego, Siaya County from a stroke.
Tributes from fellow sports stars, fans, politicians, and people from all works of life who remember him have been pouring in. Only immediate family members will attend his burial on Tuesday at his home county due to the government restrictions to contain COVID 19.
His love for football was unconditional and he was active at team-building. “He loved football and he would do anything to make the team. In 1971 when German Eckhard Krautzun took over the Kenya National team, the name Harambee Stars had not yet been coined, he assembled combined teams from each of the country’s provinces at the time,” former teammate Thigo states.
“There was never a dull moment with Ogwanjo Chati around, “Thigo said. “We will miss him. May God rest his soul in eternal peace,” h added.
Last year as Harambee Stars prepared to play against Algeria at the AFCON 2019 in Egypt, Martin Ouma encouraged the great team with love. His message was: “We wish them the best of luck. We love them and let them do it for the flag.”
His commitment to the success of Gor Mahia was evident even at his golden age. He said before the game: “I am thrilled that Gor Mahia is on the verge of equaling our feat in my lifetime. In his time he gave his best at the pitch.
Martin Ouma’s name will remain in the football arena and his talent celebrated. Let us observe a moment of silence for the fallen Hero. Special condolences to his wife and seven children.