NAIROBI, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Former Kenya's national soccer team, Harambee Stars coach Chris Makokha passed on Sunday night, bringing an end to one of the most illustrious indigenous Kenyan coaches.
Makokha took Kenya to the 1988 Africa Nations Cup finals in Morocco where they held Cameroon to a 0-0 draw on their last match following identical 3-0 loses to Egypt and Nigeria in Group B.
Then, only eight countries made the continental showpiece to illustrate the difficulty of qualifying for the biennial competition in a decade where Kenyan football enjoyed its best spell.
At the time, Kenya boasted of such revered players such as keeper, Washington Muhanji, defenders Tobias Ochola, Mickey Weche and Austin Oduor, midfielders Wilberforce Mulamba, Sammy Ayoyi and Sammy Onyango as well as forwards Peter Dawo and Henry Motego.
He made his name as a coach of Western Kenya's Kakamega High School's celebrated football side, the Green Commandoes, leading them to a number of national and regional titles.
"He leaves behind a big void. Makokha is a father of Kenyan soccer and he has played a big role in developing many talents currently playing in Kenyan league and abroad," the current coach at the institution, Hezbon Nyambige said on Monday while confirming the death.
"He passed on after a long battle with illness but even when he was sick, the coach never stopped loving soccer. We will live to remember him for many years as his contribution is enormous," he added.
The last high profile job for Makokha was his stint at local top flight side AFC Leopards where he helped craft their ascent after years of decline before he was relieved of his duties in 2010.
Makokha went on to join local side, Rush FC in Kakamega as the technical director but still served as an adviser to many coaches in the region.