By Reuben Olita
Soccer fraternity in Western Region is mourning the untimely death of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Bungoma Branch chairman, Erick Makokha.
The late Makokha died at 10pm on Monday at the Bungoma County Referral Hospital where he was rushed by family members after falling ill.
The death of the veteran soccer administrator was released by FKF Kakamega branch chairman, Allan Muhando moments after the family broke the news to the Branch Secretary, Caleb Amwai.
NEC member Western Region, Bishop Tony Kweya expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of Erick and friends, adding that football has lost a great man and an administrator.
NEC member in charge of women football, Margaret Omondi said she received the death of Erick with schock, noting that his input in raising the standard of the game in the region will be greatly missed.
FKF Busia Branch chairman, Hillary Musundi said the death of his counterpart was a big loss to the soccer fraternity in the region which has produced top players in the country.
Josephat Mayanja on behalf of 11 Jaws FC said football family has lost a great man, sober, focused and visionary who had football in his heart, noting that
he has left a big gap.
“Go well chairman, may the almighty continue to bless your soul. This is a big loss to the football fraternity of Bungoma and the entire country,” said FKF Busia Branch Executive Officer, Ken Wafula.
Former Kenya Football Referees Association chairman North Western Branch, Solomon Itubo described the late Makokha as icon of ” fair play spirit” in Western Kenya football fraternity.
Others who sent their messages of condolence included FKF Vihiga Branch chairman, Kelvin Mwangu, football administrator, Moses Mabwa, coach Selebwa, and former Secretary General North Western Branch, Peter Makali among others.