Kenya’s football darling Kevin Opiyo Oliech’s body is set to touch down on Kenyan soil tonight at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport aboard a KLM flight.
His body is accompanied by his older brothers Ken and Dennis Oliech as well as his BFF Dave Etale.
Ken, Dennis and family view Kevin Oliech’s body in Berlin, Germany
The last time Kevin was in Nairobi was a little over a year ago, where he met with friends and family as a way of bidding them farewell, ahead of his treatment in Berlin, Germany.
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P Unit star Gabu in his tribute to Kevin wrote,
“I remember having lunch with kevo and hon. jaguar at kosewe upperhill, which he paid for. He told me, ‘Gabu skiza daktari amenishow niko na 1 year or less kuishi kwa hii dunia. This is what I want to do, before I die. I want to make peace with everyone I have wronged’.”
“Nakata ni enjoy life manze, He looked so Happy and healthy ungesema ana joke na sisi. Tulicheka mpaka wasee kwa restaurant wakashindwa kunaenda aje. Kevo alikua na smile ingine ajab at the time. To me you are an angel and God was missing you bro. Mad love for you May you rest in power .#Ripkevo.”
Kevin passed away while receiving treatment at a hospital in Berlin, Germany. He lost his battle to cancer on August 16, 2020.
His body will be flown in from Germany and is set to arrive on September 3, 2020 at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
His BFF Dave Etale posted an Instastory announcing that they are homebound.
Sonko has spoken out on the burial arrangements of the late football star.
“I condoled with the family of the late footballer Kevin Opiyo Oliech who succumbed to cancer last month while undergoing treatment in Germany. I have known Kevin for many years through his brother, Dennis Oliech who is a member of the Nairobi City County Sports Board.”
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“The late Kevin who played for Nairobi City Stars, Mathare United and other teams was a prolific footballer just like his brothers, Dennis Oliech, Andrew Oyombe and the late Steve Okumu.”
Sonko promised in a series of tweets, “I will cater for some of the funeral expenses in order to ensure we give Kevin a befitting send-off at their rural home in Seme, Kisumu County. May his soul rest in peace.”
Based on the schedule of Kevin’s last journey home, once he arrives, his body will be preserved at Umash while in Nairobi. This is the same place his late mother, Mary Auma, was also kept before her burial back in July 2018.
Then on September 4, 2020, Kevin’s body leaves for the final burial rites to Seme, Kisumu County.
The following day, Kevin will be laid to rest at their family home in Seme Ratta.