Ali Kajo, one of the most promising strikers to have donned the national jersey in the 60s is dead.
Kajo, who featured prominently for his club Feisal and Kenya's national team, passed on early this morning in Mombasa.
Known for his fierce shots, Kajo was among the players who contributed a great deal in Feisal's victory in the 1965 Kenya National Football League.
Nyota wa zamani wa Harambee Stars Ali Kajo ameaga dunia alfajiri ya leo kwenye hospitali ya Mombasa baada ya kuugua Kwa muda mrefu. Mshambulizi huyo aliwapendeza na kuwafurahisha mashabiki Kwa chenga na mbwembwe zake miaka ya 60. Alale pema penye Wema???? pic.twitter.com/C8m6MFyh9c
— Geoffrey Mwamburi (@bekimwamburi) December 28, 2020
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Feisal became the first club from Coast Region to win the league which was inaugurated in 1963.
What a big achievement it was for Feisal who were celebrating their Silver Jubilee.
Kajo, together with Ahmed Breik, Ali Sungura, Badi Ali, Amran Shiba and Nassir Omar were the pioneers from Coast Region in the national team.
So powerful were Kajo's shots that at one time Luo Union's goalkeeper James Siang'a ran out of the stadium with the ball in Mombasa when Kajo was preparing to take a penalty.
"I couldn't withstand his hot kicks, so I had to run away with the ball and that's how the match ended," says Siang'a.
"Kajo was bad news. We all feared his powerful shots. And those days the ball was bigger and heavier."