Former Kenyan International Edward Kinyany dies

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Kenya Rugby Union is mourning the death of former Kenyan International forward Edward Kinyany commonly known as Ogre.

According to a statement by KRU, Kinyany died on Tuesday 24 October 2023. Kinyany enjoyed a successful run as a player and won the Kenya Cup.

He was the chairman for Kenya Harlequin in 2012-13.  He was also part of the Technical bench as Kenya Simbas won several Elgon Cups and the Africa Cup in 2011.

“We stand united with the entire rugby community as we grieve the loss of former Kenya international forward, Edward Kinyany, who passed away on Tuesday, October 24, 2023. Known affectionately as “Ogre” within rugby circles, he was a shining light of the sport. Ogre not only secured the Kenya Cup with Kenya Harlequin as both a player and coach but also served as the club’s Chairman during the 2012-13 season,” a statement by KRU Chairman Alex Mutai stated.

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“His contributions extended beyond domestic accolades; he was an integral part of the Kenya Simbas coaching staff that led the Kenya Simbas to multiple Elgon Cup triumphs and the 2011 Africa Cup title under the guidance of Michael “Tank” Otieno. On the rugby field, Ogre was a towering presence and a relentless competitor, yet off the field, he exuded a gentle and larger-than-life personality that left an indelible mark on those he encountered,” he added.

Mutai said his absence would leave unfillable voids and sent the condolences to the family and prayed for the strength for the family.

“His absence leaves a void that words cannot adequately fill. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, and we offer our heartfelt prayers for strength during this challenging period. May the Almighty God grant his soul eternal peace,” he concluded.

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