We have received with profound sadness the demise of our former player Zablon Amanaka. Zabu as many of us knew him was a dedicated servant of the game who showed class on and off the pitch.
The news of his death has shocked us as a club and many individuals who connected with him as a player during and after his time at Tusker FC.
“As a club we are really shocked with the news of his death. Zabu was a great servant of this club and represented the true spirit of Tusker FC with honour and distinction. We join the rest of Kenyans in sending our condolences to his family at this difficult time,” said Tusker FC chairman, Dan Aduda.
CEO Charles Obiny added; “I have personally known Zablon for a long time and he was a very dedicated player not only for Tusker FC but the national team as well. We are saddened by his demise and we pray for strength for his friends and family.”
Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano said; “Zablon is my player. I picked him from High School and walked with him up to when he went to Kenya Pipeline and later to Seychelles. It is a sad day for football in the country and as his friend and coach, the news has got me with great sadness. May his soul rest in peace.”
Tusker FC assistant coach George Maina who played with Amanaka during his time at Tusker FC in 1997 and 1998 said;
“Zablon was one of the best players I played alongside. He came into the team and totally brought in a new flair. His leadership, his toughness as a defender and his understanding of the game were impeccable. His demise is a shock to us and he is a person that we really miss. We continued playing with him in Sunday League matches and he maintained his same composure and calmness. Kenyan football has lost today.”