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Saracens forward dies suddenly aged 24

The rugby fraternity was yesterday thrown into mourning following the death of Impala Saracens player Richard Sidindi.

According to a report made at Kilimani Police Station, Sidindi collapsed in the swimming pool at Impala Sports Club before he was rushed, while unconscious, to the Nairobi Women’s Hospital, where he was confirmed dead on arrival.


A gym manager at the club is said to have alerted Impala Rugby Club director Wilfred Ollows of the incident before they both pulled Sidindi out of the pool and called an ambulance.

“It is with the saddest regret that the Kenya Rugby fraternity and Impala Saracens Rugby Family announces the sudden death of Richard Sidindi Otieno, an astute Impala Saracens Rugby team member since 2011,” Impala Honoray Secretary Charles Mbogo said through a statement.

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“The Kenya Rugby fraternity is saddened by the untimely demise of one of our own very own Richard Sidindi. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time,’’ the Kenya Rugby Union said.

“Jadhah’’, as he was popularly known, started his club rugby with Kisumu RFC in 2005 after sitting for his KCSE exams at St.Mary’s Yala. He joined Impala Saracens in 2011. His last match for Impala was over the weekend. Sidindi leaves behind a wife and one daughter. 

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