Football star Osborne Monday goes missing amid kidnap fears
Former Kenya international and Tusker midfield maestro Osborne Monday has reportedly gone missing after being picked from his house in Umoja early Wednesday morning by people who claimed to be policemen.
The player was said to be in his house with his son and mother when the group in a Toyota Probox car knocked on his door and told him to accompany them.
They told his mother that they were police officers. They also took his mother’s and son’s mobile telephones.
Monday’s mobile phone has been switched off since then.
Monday underwent surgery early last week to cure a recurring knee problem, and he was in crutches at the time of his reported capture. He had been ruled out for the rest of the season following the surgery.
The management of Tusker FC have confirmed the disappearance of the player.
“One of our own Osborne Monday went missing yester night after 10 people riding in 2 Probox went to his house and claimed to be policemen. The mother who had come to visit was not even allowed to look at the number plate of the vehicle as all their phones were taken away from them,” the club said in a statement.
His teammates have launched a campaign through the hashtag #WhereIsMonday in a bid to raise awareness on the matter.
A close friend to the missing player confirmed that the player was taken away in a white Probox that had sealed number plates.
“They were about 20 people who took away Osborn. They claimed to be police and rudely told his mother to look for his son in a police station. We have searched various police stations and he’s not been booked anywhere,” he told Nairobi News and requested to hide his identity for fear of reprisals.
“Tusker FC player Osborne Monday was picked by police officers on Tuesday night from his house.He is missing @JBoinnet ,” tweeted political activist Boniface Mwangi.
Monday, 30, has played for Mathare United, Sofapaka and Tanzanian club Azam City.
He is a graduate of Mathare Youth Sports Association, MYSA.