Former AFC Leopards Chairman Alex Ole Magelo has died.
Ole Magelo passed away on Saturday while undergoing treatment at the Nairobi Hospital, where he had been admitted for several weeks.
The former Nairobi County Assembly speaker served in two separate spells as Leopards Chair between 2008 and 2012.
Under his leadership, Magelo rejuvenated the fortunes of the club after years of decline and in 2008, oversaw the 12 time Kenyan champions ascention back to the top tier after two years in the Nationwide League.
A statement on Leopards’ official website reads: “As Chairman, the Ingwe agenda was always on his priority list. He stood for the growth of the Club and did so much to ensure that the club remained among the best in the country and regionally. We have lost a great contributor to the Kenyan game and this is a big loss not only to AFC Leopards but to the entire football fraternity at large.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga as well as FKF boss Nick Mwendwa, all took to social media to pay their tributes.
“I have known the late Ole Magelo for a long time and from my interactions with him, I came to appreciate his commitment and desire to make life better for others. He was a gentleman and a sports enthusiast who mentored very many young people through football to become great men and women in our country,” President Uhuru wrote.
Raila called Magelo a “friend” and “strong fearless leader” while Mwendwa said: “We are saddened by the loss of former AFC Leopards chairman Alex Ole Magelo. During his time at the club, Leopards experienced positive growth, and arguably their best position in a decade. His contribution to the game cannot be underestimated.”