Mohammed Juma Njuguna, the man who embodied flair in football commentating is no more.
The legendary voice whose flowery commentaries enhanced listening experience on radio and captivated Kenyans for over 40 years died on Saturday, June 8 at a Nairobi hospital.
According to Royal Media Services, the Citizen Radio content producer died after a long illness 20 years after joining the station from KBC.
“Inalillahi wainailahi rajiuun. Just lost my dad Mohammed Juma Njuguna,” wrote his daughter Haluwa Mohamed on her Facebook page.
The veteran football commentator was awarded a Head of State Commendation (HSC) by former President Mwai Kibaki in 2010 for his service par excellence that dates back to the ’70s.
He started his career with the then Voice of Kenya (VOK) where he steadily rose the ranks before switching to Citizen in 1999.
Through it all, Njuguna amassed a huge following with his unique style of delivery, point blank commentary, and refreshing entertainment during football matches.
“His metallic voice and superb diction reminded us there was a time when broadcasting was broadcasting; it belonged to voices you will never find in a bus stage; he was one of those voices,” said Radio Maisha’s Wellingtone Nyongesa.
He will be interred at Kariokor Muslim Cemetery later today.
My mentor, my friend, my teacher... I am lost for words. RIP Mohammed Juma Njuguna wa Idhaa.— Philip Etale (@EtalePhilip) June 8, 2019
Our paths crossed on so many occasions. A friend. A mentor. Veteran Radio Presenter and football commentator Mohammed Juma Njuguna has died. Rest in peace my friend #TheScoreKE pic.twitter.com/na7tgpPemo— Carol Radull (@CarolRadull) June 8, 2019
Go in peace my friend you believed in me. I will miss your charm and jokes. Faces always lit when you came to the news room ...Kabwebweeeee ???????? "Mohammed Juma Njuguna" pic.twitter.com/m2U2Z5MkQf— Charity Wanja Muturi (@CMuturi) June 8, 2019
'Mimi ni Mohammed Juma Njuguna Head of State Commendation. Mpaka tutakapokutana tena, Kwaheriii'— kipkoech mitei Rober (@MiteiRober) June 8, 2019
Rest in eternal peace Mohammed juma njuguna. You're irreplaceable— Freddy Waiganjo (@FreddyWaiganjo) June 8, 2019
Mzee wa kazi, Mohammed Juma Njuguna lala salama, innalillahi wainnailaihi rojiun. pic.twitter.com/eCIPkVB21Y— Malik Oyondi Otiende (@Oyondi_Malik) June 8, 2019
Veteran Football Commentator Mohammed Juma Njuguna is no more. RIP pic.twitter.com/phUtoE8sYd— Bonface Osano (@bonfaceosano) June 8, 2019