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Basketballer dies in post-election violence

Published on January 25, 2008, 12:00 am

By Oscar Pilipili

The post-election violence continued to take its toll on the sports fraternity with the killing of retired basketballer Donald Odanga being the latest victim.

Sources told SportFest that Odanga, who played for the national team, Kenya Railways and defunct Premiership side Post Bank, was shot dead in Mathare North last Sunday.

Nairobi Province Basketball Association chairman, Ronny Owino said: "Odanga was hit by a stray bullet while standing about 200m away from a scene where policemen were trying to disperse a rowdy mob in Mathare."

"It is unfortunate that Odanga who was one of the best players of his generation had to die this way," he said in Nairobi on Thursday.

Owino, on behalf of the basketball fraternity, sent a message of condolence to the family, relatives and friends of the deceased.

Odanga played for Railways from early 1980s before moving to defunct premier league side Post Bank in 1990. He was a member of the national team between 1989-1994.

Other athletes who have died in the violence, sparked by disputed Presidential poll results last year, are Lukas Sang and Wesley Ngetich.


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