The Rugby fraternity has lost yet another player Tony Onyango Opondo.
The KCB player, who featured for Kenya Sevens during the 2014/2015 season collapsed and died at his home in Ngong on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
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Tony Onyango played for Kenya Simbas from April for six years. He then moved to Impala, Strathmore, Homeboyz and was currently playing for KCB.
According to sources, he collapsed and died on the spot.
The player has left behind a wife and son.
Tony’s childhood BFF Jimmy Mnene has paid a touching tribute and in a lengthy post he wrote,
What is this pattern that is becoming the first week of March😭. Tony Onyango Baba Shane rest well brother, I thank God for gifting us with your presence. My Condolences to your young family, Maria and Shane.
Our journey goes back to primary school, can’t remember whether was a class or 2 ahead of you. Then reunited with rugby after high school. One thing that stood out from our last conversation was your changing view of how to support the game and Simba’s by extension. During the trials last year you passed at the chance of joining the team as you were categorical that you needed to manage your load and rest, noting that you were stretched in 2018 into 2019. A very noble and honest opinion not what you hear from your modern day player. Leaving the conversation with I will be back to support the journey to France whether as a player or otherwise.
Then you’d show up once in a while to support the young KCB cubs Kimwele & Co at training stating indeed they were the today & tomorrow (you believed in them), we’d chat about sports marketing, player branding, growth of players on and off the pitch, raising the brands of our players something you hoped for the next generation. We talked about Decathlon where you worked then and how you could support the Simba’s. Progressive talk.
Shine on your way brother, now our guardian angel. Connect the energies for us, link the systems for us. Thank you the memories in that Simba’s Jersey, I was a big fan, made it look so easy and sweet. RIP brother #Simba.
Below are photos of Tony Onyango
Check out more messages of condolences from Kenyans
Dennis Kotikash My good friend tony rest in eternal peace
Stephen Musyoka Thank you for everything Tony Onyango. You gave your all for this country, for the rugby game and everything life shared with you. Rest easy
Robin Kelvin Kariuki RIP champ!
Sir Alexas Fare thee well Tony Onyango, Heaven RFC have received a proper fullback… Keep playing the beautiful game man
Miller De Koffi My sincere, heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and KCB rugby club… My prayers are with you all during this hard, trying and sorrowful time…. May God in the highest come to the assistant of the family to keep them strong during this trying time..
Kevin Rest in Peace Tony Onyango. Untimely to say the least. May the good Lord provide comfort to Tony’s Family , close friends and to the larger Rugby fraternity
Luyinda Emmanuel Till we all cross that white line. RIP Tony Onyango
Kasasa Yayiro Saddened to hear the passing on of Tony Onyango who was part of the Elgon Warriors against England Counties. Kitalo nyo nyo.
Okinyo Nyar Owino RIP what a great loss to the Rugby fraternity
Tashiana Mary So sorry and sad got it in a shock may God Comfort his family in this difficult time, R. I. P