Former Harambee Stars midfielder Farah is dead

Published on 01/02/2009

By Ernest Ndunda

Former international midfielder of the 1960s and 1970s Kadir Farah has died.

Farah, regarded by many as probably the best midfielder before he hang his boots, died in a Dubai hospital on Sunday where he had gone for treatment.

Kadir Farah

Family sources said arrangements were being made to have his body flown to Kenya yesterday for burial.

Farah was a member of Harambee Stars when the team made its maiden appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations in 1972 in Cameroon.

They were eliminated in the preliminary rounds after losing 2-1 to Cameroon and drawing 1-1 with Togo and Mali.

Former Harambee Stars team manager, Hussein Terry, consoled Farah’s family, saying he was his mentor.

“Kadir Farah encouraged me to get into football administration and I occasionally consulted him as a TM”, said Terry, who also worked with Farah at the technical bench of Coast Stars, a former Premier League side.

During his hey days, Farah had established himself as one of the most elegant and best playmaker both at the club and national level.

To illustrate his greatness in football, Farah was the most preferred number six in the national team until he retired from competitive football in 1975.

In a recent interview, Farah said he had established himself as the first choice in the national team and nobody dared replace him even if he had a slight injury.

“I had great all-round abilities which were God-given and no coach during my time could afford to miss my services at the centre.”

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