(The late Mzee Evans Simiyu, father to tHe Bungoma Superstars FC Organising Secretary Hastings Simiyu. IMAGE/FILE)
Bungoma Superstars Football Club is in mourning mood after the death of the club organising secretary’s father.
Organising Secretary Hastings Simiyu’s father passed on at the Bungoma County Referral Hospital on Wednesday afternoon after a short illness.
According to a family member who spoke to this site, the late Mzee Evans Simiyu had felt unwell and was treated at the County Hospital in the morning of Wednesday. However, the Bungoma Prisons accountants clerk was pronounced dead at around 1pm, throwing the family, friends and football fans into sombre shock.
Bungoma Superstars Team Manger Edwin Simiyu led the club fans in mourning their colleague’s dad, saying death has robbed the football fans an ardent supporter.
“Bungoma Superstars FC is saddened to announce the passing on of our Organising Secretary’s (Kings) Dad today after a short illness, let’s keep the family in prayers,” wrote TM Edduh on the Bungoma-based clubs’s WhatsApp group on Wednesday.
Club supporters among them renown entertainment business mogul Morris Deya of the famous High Court Boss Lounge expressed their sadness, asking the family to count on God during the trying moment.
“Pole kings, God above everything,” wrote the former DJ popularly known as Mo-team.
Elias Kuloba wrote: “Oh my goodness, Kings the fearless man!!! God grant his soul eternal rest. My condolences to the entire Bgm Superstars fraternity.”
Another fan identified as Sir Joel expressed his rude shock following the sad announcement.
“It’s King’s dad namwe lusungu lwakhupile echenga🤔 – Is it King’s Dad or it’s the English that’s challenging me?” he wrote.
Despite the financial challenges, Kings, as he is popularly known, and his Team Manger, have struggled to ensure the team honours all the home and away fixtures.
Before the sports activities were suspended in February due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Bungoma Superstars FC were sixth on the table with 22 points after 14 games, 6 points behind preliminary leaders Sony Sugar.
BSS is the only football club representing Bungoma County in the highly competitive FKF Division One League – Zone B. The league has 16 teams. Their seniors Nzoia FC are trading in the top flight Kenya Premier League for the third season in a row, also the only club from Bungoma County in the coveted top flight.
Nzoia Sugar Football Club Fans National Chairman Georges Kinuthia sent his condolences to the Bungoma Superstars management, players and fans during this trying moment.
“As fans of Nzoia Sugar FC, we are deeply heartbroken by the sudden loss of our colleague, asking God to strengthen the Bungoma Superstars team during the difficult moment,” said Mr. Kinuthia in a telephone call with this writer.
The trained journalist also decried the timing of Hastings’ dad at a time when the club is struggling with financial constrains.
“Bungoma Superstars is a heroic club being supported by well-wishers and no organisation or government has come on board. It’s unimaginably sad that a man who gave us such a wonderful Organising Secretary has left us during such a tormenting period. Our sincere condolences to the family of Kings and our brothers at Bungoma Superstars.”
The body is being preserved at LifeCare Hospitals Bungoma.
Family, relatives and friends are currently meeting at the family home 200 metres behind Khetias Hi-Way Supermarket Bungoma off the under-construction Kanduyi-Musikoma Dual Carriageway.
The burial ceremony is alsted for 24th of October next Friday. We shall keep you updated…
On behalf of the entire team on this site and on behalf of our ardent readers, we as well share this grief with the fraternity.