The Kenyan football fraternity is mourning the death of sports journalists and football player James ‘Cobra’ Oduor.
Odu Cobra, as he was popularly known, was among the victims who were killed during the Dusit terror attack on Tuesday.
He was killed on his birthday’s eve. The football enthusiast shared the last moments of his life on Twitter after he was caught up in Tuesday’s melee. He first tweeted;
What’s happening at 14 Riverside man. We’re trapped in our buildings. (3:32pm)
A minute later, he added: ‘Gunshots and non-stop explosions.’
At 3:36pm, he again tweeted;
Waaaah. What’s happening at 14 Riverside fam? Any news from out there?
Many have paid emotional tributes to the late Odu Cobra and below are messages from those he ever interacted with.
Joseph Pablo: It was very easy to love James Oduor Cobra. Man was full of life,happy and Good hearted Gentleman.as he used to say #watuHawafurahi enyewe Alshabab hawafurahi. Rest in peace Brother. we are Crying because we know it was not your time. Tunakupenda. 😪😪
Larry Madowo: My friend from university was killed on the eve of his birthday. This was his last tweet. He was one of the nicest, happiest people I’ve ever met. Rest well, Odu, nind maber. The world is better because you lived.
Odindo Ayieko: May the terrorists who took your lives burn in hell. Go well James Oduor Cobra mandevu mwenzangu. Who will I compete against kufuga ndevu…today would have been your birthday….Go well Feisal aka Zholla…..
Carol Radull said: Yes. We were all friends with Odu. A force in Kenyan football. Very sad. Praying for his little girl and the dozens of families affected by this tragedy. RIP.
Rollex Koyi: Yesterday’s terrorist attack claimed the life of James Oduor. Rest in Peace Odu Kijana wa Kariokor.
Bonface Osano: The cowards killed him. James was a great lover and supporter of Kenyan football. He was part of Wadau TV crew; he will be thoroughly missed by many. Go well.
Patriq Matasi: My mentor….
My mtaani fitness coach ….
My close brother….
Sina la kusema …R.I.P James Oduor Cobra
Karamoja Bramm: The cruel hand of death has robbed us a very dedicated, hardworking gentleman in Odu Cobra who died in the Riverside Attack. I have known him personally for over 15years and we shared so much in the world of football. Whenever he needed clarification on anything, he would call me and ask. I just dont know what to say. Am so broken right now. It is well bro. Rest well Cobra 😭😭😭😭😭
Mulama Simon: R.I.P ODU……. FOR SURE, THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!!!
Owily Madoro: Eiiiish hard to believe you’re gone man!!
RIP James Oduor Cobra. Juzi tu umenigotea tukitoka game ya Gor Mahia FC v Posta Rangers Kasarani kumbe ilikuwa salamu ya mwisho haki!!!!
So terrorists came all this way to kill you on your birthday bro. Happy Birthday, Mdau.
Odu Cobra played for Kariorkor Tornadoes.