Kenya’s top rugby player collapses and dies

Onyango played for the Kenya national team across all representative levels, earning his first Simba call up under Michael Tank Otieno during the Elgon Cup against Uganda in April 2012 and became a regular under Jerome Paarwater, playing for the Simbas upto 2018 at the Rugby World Cup Repechage tournament in Marseille, France.

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 4, 2020 – Kenya Commercial Bank RFC fullback Tony Onyango passed away on Tuesday morning after collapsing in his Ngong home from training, Kenya Rugby Union confirmed.

His body has been moved to Umash Funeral Home.

The tough-tackling player was part of the KCB squad that trained yesterday ahead of the Kenya Cup playoffs set for this weekend. Kenya Rugby Union led the rugby fraternity in paying tribute to the departed.

“We join the entire Kenyan rugby fraternity in mourning Tony Onyango Opondo of KCB Rugby Club who passed away on Tuesday 3 March 2020,” the Union said.

Onyango played for the Kenya national team across all representative levels, earning his first Simba call up under Michael Tank Otieno during the Elgon Cup against Uganda in April 2012 and became a regular under Jerome Paarwater, playing for the Simbas upto 2018 at the Rugby World Cup Repechage tournament in Marseille, France.

Onyango, who featured for Kenya Sevens and Kenya 15s, then became a regular under Jerome Paarwater, playing for the Simbas till 2018 at the Rugby World Cup Repechage tournament in Marseille, France.

In the Kenya Sevens, Onyango played during the 2013/14 and 2014/15 World Series seasons under Paul Treu and Felix ‘Totty’Ochieng and was also part of the East African Elgon Warriors that played against England Counties in Kampala and Nairobi in 2012.

An alumnus of Maseno School ,Tony first played for Resolution Impala Saracens RFC before joining Strathmore Leos RFC and was part of the Leos squad that reached the 2012/13 Kenya Cup Final.

He moved to Homeboyz where he won the 2016 National Sevens Circuit before moving to KCB where he was part of the squad that beat Kabras 23-15 in last season’s Kenya Cup final in Kakamega.

Onyango leaves behind a wife, Maria and son Shane.

 

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