Former Harambee Stars player passes away

Charles Handas attending a past Koth Biro football tournament in Nairobi. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Football fraternity in the country is mourning the demise of former footballer Charles Handas who died on Tuesday at the Nairobi West Hospital, where he was diagnosed with blood clot on his brain.

Family sources say he had been admitted at the hospital since February for treatment but succumbed to the chronic disease on Tuesday evening due to further complications.

Handas turned out for the then famous Coast Stars, making a name in 2000 when he helped the team secure a second round slot in the African Winner’s Cup championship before losing to Canon Yaoundé of Cameroon.

He also played for Re Union FC, Gor Mahia and national team Harambee Stars alongside celebrated skipper Robert Mambo and defender Emmanuel Ake.

His death comes barely a month after the demise of former Tusker and Harambee Stars defender Simon Gundi who passed on in late February, after a short period of illness at his home in Mtwapa.