Nairobi City County Governor Mike Sonko has joined hands to calm the family of the 2018 Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA) Community Hero and former Harambee Starlets goalkeeper Rosemary “Mara” Aluoch.
The Governor consoled Aluoch’s family following the death of Kenya’s longest-serving national women’s football team goalkeeper who passed away.
“This morning, I paid my condolences to the family of late Rosemary Aluoch Kadondi in Dandora estate. The Aluoch who is a former Harambee Starlets goalkeeper passed on recently after a short illness. May her soul rest in eternal peace,” said Sonko in a tweet.
Aluoch, 44, passed away at St Francis Hospital in Kasarani, Nairobi where she was being treated following a short illness.
Until her demise, Aluoch doubled up as Harambee Starlets’ goalkeeper trainer and kit manager. Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa took to Twitter to condole with her family.
The long-serving goalkeeper played for Starlets from 1995 to 2012 and featured in Africa Women Cup of Nations (Awcon) qualifiers against Djibouti and Cameroon in 2006 and 2007 respectively.
She was also part of the squad that represented Kenya in the Africa Women Championship in 2014 where Kenya lost 1-0 to Rwanda’s She Wasps.
Apart from her exploits with the national women’s team, Aluoch also played for local clubs Makongeni Youth Club, Makolanders, and Minicus team and impressed during stints in Wales, London, and Dallas Texas in 1994 and 2004 respectively.
“A sad day for football today, we have lost former starlets goalkeeper and current Kit manager Rosemary Kadondi ‘Mara’ who passed on earlier today. I wish her family, friends, and the Starlets solace during this time of mourning. May her soul rest in eternal peace,” said Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa.