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Kenya mourns golf great Fernandes

12 November 2014, 13:48

Nairobi - One of the most gifted Kenyan hockey players, Egbert Carmo Fernandes, has passed away.

The former international was undergoing treatment for a growth on his oesophagus last Thursday in Canberra, Australia, when complications lead to his death. He was 73-years-old.

Fernandes made his debut for the national hockey side in 1960 at the tender age of 19 and impressed throughout his career.

“When he played his last World Cup,  I was only four years old but I got to watch him play for his club,” recollects, Nashon Randiek, the Kenya Hockey Union chairman.

“He was one of the finest centre forwards, very skillful. We appreciate his services as a union and stand with his family at this trying moment.” 

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Former teammate Silu Fernandes will also miss the hockey legend.

“We are very saddened at the passing of a great sportsman,” added Fernandes.

“It was such a pleasure to play alongside a hockey genius and great athlete.”

Hillary Fernandes was another one of Egbert’s teammates. They played at three Olympic Games together.

“He was a gifted athlete and since we played together in school we developed a strong bond that served us well in international games,“ said Hillary.

“He knew instinctively where my next pass would go.”

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