Abbas 'Zamalek' Magongo: Tale of family man filled with boundless love - PHOTOS

Gor Mahia midfielder Abbas Khamis Magongo lifts the ball to score past AICC of Tanzania goalkeeper in a past friendly match at the Nyayo National Stadium. PHOTO | FILE |

What you need to know:

  • To his family he was the patriarch that always left everyone with a smile
  • To his “honest and trustworthy one” — Amina — he loved uncontrollably
  • Even at his peak — both at Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars — when Magongo was either in camp or travelling for international assignments, he always spared time to call back home
  • When he was around home, he set aside one day when he took over the kitchen and the result: a finger-licking delicacy that was devoured to the last bone
  • Magongo’s memories on the pitch might feature once again in their minds but it is the ones they shared off the pitch that will forever be in the hearts of his sons and daughters

Exactly 18 years ago today, a Kenyan football legend breathed his last. After battling bronchial pneumonia for almost three years, Abbas Khamis Magongo succumbed to the disease at the Mater Hospital in Nairobi.

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