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Veteran KCB rugby player passes on

Kenya Commercial Bank rugby club player Anthony Ochino died on Wednesday afternoon under unclear circumstances.

Ochino, who is also the Laiser hill School rugby coach, went home after wrapping up a training session with Laiser Hill and took a nap from which he never awoke.

“He skipped yesterday’s training session, saying he was not feeling well, and that he was going home to rest. His sister, whom he stays with, got home from work in the evening and found his body lying in bed,” said Xavier Makuba, a KCB official.

Head Coach Curtis Aluoch termed Ochino’s death as a huge loss for Kenyan rugby and KCB Lions.

“It is very sad, he was a true lion. We are still coming to terms with the news,” added Aluoch.

Ochino last played for the club in the 2012-2013 season and had taken a sabbatical.

“He has been training occasionally to keep up with the fitness levels of the other players and was poised to make a comeback to the team soon,” added Aluoch.

Ochino joined KCB in 1998 and played for the club for over 10 years, helping them to three consecutive Kenya Cup titles between 2005 and 2007.

In his prime he received several call ups to the national 15s team but was yet to be capped.