In Summary
  • Many a young fan of Kenyan football would not remember Yongo, but our fathers will tell you he was one of the greatest midfielders Kenya has ever produced
  • He played alongside goalkeeper James Siang’a and Nicodemus Arudhi, William Ouma “Chege”, Joseph Okeyo, Josphat Okello “Smart” and John Otieno “Hatari”
  • While we mourn Yongo, the great footballer from Gwassi in Homa Bay, it is my hope that for once we shall look back and see how we can honour our great players

Today, I dedicate this space to mourn one of the greatest football players to have donned the famed green jersey of Gor Mahia and the colours of Kenya’s national football team Harambee Stars.

I mourn Steve ‘‘McQueen’’ Yongo who passed on on the eve of Jamhuri Day at Kenyatta National Hospital.

It is sad that as his family and Kenyans prepared to celebrate the heroes who fought for the country’s independence, Steve Yongo, one of the heroes of Kenyan football, had just passed on.

Many a young fan of Kenyan football would not remember Yongo, but our fathers will tell you he was one of the greatest midfielders Kenya has ever produced.

Yongo was among the first players to don the green colours of Mighty Gor Mahia when the club was formed in 1968.

He played alongside goalkeeper James Siang’a and Nicodemus Arudhi, William Ouma “Chege”, Joseph Okeyo, Josphat Okello “Smart” and John Otieno “Hatari”.

Yongo was arguably the first Kenyan footballer to exhibit chest ball control. No Kenyan had ever chested the ball until McQueen did it around 1967.

The McQueen name was derived from Steve McQueen, the American actor whose anti-hero persona rode on the counterculture of the 1960s and ‘70s in films such as Papillon, Towering Inferno and The Great Escape.

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