Football enthusiasts in Kenya have paid tribute to ex-Harambee Stars defender Zablon Amanaka who was found dead in his house on Saturday, May 29.
Amanaka was a resident of Mwiki, Kasarani, in Nairobi County. The cause of his death is yet to be established.
Football Kenya Federation led the football community in the country in paying homage to the fallen footballer.
“We join the Kenyan football fraternity in mourning the death of former Harambee Stars defender Zablon Amanaka,” said FKF in statement.
Amanaka, popularly known as ‘Zabu’ also played for AFC Leopards and Mahakama FC. “We extend our condolences to his immediate family and friends,” adds FKF.
Tusker FC’s Tributes
FKF Premier League side Tusker FC described Zabu as a dedicated servant of the game who showed class on and off the pitch.
“As a club we are really shocked with the news of his death. Zabu was a great servant of this club and represented the true spirit of Tusker FC with honour and distinction. We join the rest of Kenyans in sending our condolences to his family at this difficult time,” said Dan Aduda, chairman.
The club’s head coach Robert Matano said on his part: “I picked him from High School and walked with him up to when he went to Kenya Pipeline and later to Seychelles. It is a sad day for football in the country and as his friend and coach, the news has got me with great sadness. May his soul rest in peace.”
Zabu also plied his trade in Bosnia and Oman. He played for a club in Seychelles for seven years.
The dreadlocked defender was capped 15 times for the national team. He played against Morocco, Egypt, South Africa and Uganda, to name but a few.