Football Legend Charles Handas Passes Away

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Kothbiro coordinator Charles Handas (right) with former Nigerian Footballer Nwankwo Kanu.photo/file.

Former Kenyan international, Gor Mahia Fc player and Kothbiro coordinator Charles Handas is dead. The football legend passed away on Tuesday 14 th Feb 2017 while receiving treatment at the Nairobi West Hospital.

In his career as a footballer, he has played with so many football legends in the country. He played with Bobby Ogola at Gor Mahia Fc before Bobby was later appointed as Gor Mahia’s assistant coach. The Nairobi County gubernatorial aspirant Peter Keneth was also his teammate at Re-Union Fc.

The late leaves a lagecy of giving back to the society through football and supporting grassroots talent nationally. The tournament he has organized has produced a good number of fine footballers in the Kenyan football history.

Players that have developed under him include; Dennis Oliech,MC Donald Mariga and his younger brother Victor Wanyama  that  plays for Totenham in the English Premier League.

The Ziwani based hero started his footballing career way back in 1983 playing for premiership side Scarlet Fc from Lanet. After a period of six years at Scarlet, the club was later relegated and he found a brief stint at Saba Saba Fc in the coastal city of Mombasa.

Handas continued with his career moving from Saba Saba to Bata Bullets of Limuru and there, he spent another period of four years.

After that duration at Bullets, he then signed with Kenya Textile Mills in Thika but the stay at the club was short as it was disbanded a year later. The late then embarked on a Malindi journey where he penned a deal with Alaskan Fc.

He later joined Re-union where his talent and experience but later he was prompted to sign with Gor Mahia. His footballing career found the peak as he joined the Kenya Premier League heavyweights where he won the title with the club.

The veteran footballer then got a career threatening injury following a shin fracture on his left foot. The injury left him sidelined for two seasons but luckily he recovered and returned to the field of play.

Having recovered from a nasty injury, Handas attracted the attention of Coast Stars a club at which he earned his first national team call up in 1998 by Reinhardt Fabisch

 Oserian Fastac Fc then signed him from Coast Stars and he put a standing record of winning the premiership trophy for three consecutive seasons at the club .This was a process making a return to the national team in 2002.The highest moment of his career was at Oserian Fastac.

In 2004, Handas returned to Mombasa playing for Dubai Bank for the 2004 season before proceeding to Bandari where he played for another two years. He finally hanged his boots in 2006. He then ventured into coaching as a CAF level B holder, Tetra Brazil and KNVB trained coach. He has coached Yatta combined, Eastleigh Stars, Kamukunji High School and KWS.

Charles Handas has died as the current organizer of Nairobi Governor’s Cup (Evans Kidero cup) and the coordinator of the famous Kothbiro tournament that holds every November at Ziwani Umeme grounds .The tournament comes every year at the end of every Kenya Premier League season.

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