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Tributes pour in for rugby star Kilonzo, murdered by thugs

Tributes continue to pour in for KCB RFC centre James Kilonzo who passed away on Monday night while undergoing treatment at St Francis Community Hospital after he was shot by thugs at an M-pesa shop in Kasarani area in Nairobi County.

The 21-year-old former Masinga Boys student was part of the KCB squad that travelled to South Africa three weeks ago for a 10-day camp after winning a double, Enterprise Cup and Kenya Cup in May.

National Seven team captain forward Andrew Amonde who learnt of Kilonzo’s untimely death on social media termed him as a talented and dedicated player who was destined for a great future in rugby had the cruelty not been committed on him. “Jay Mulla as we commonly referred to him in the rugby circles was pure talent.

I have seen him join KCB and grow into the indefatigable player he was. He helped us win the double in the 2016-2017 season and we will forever honour his contribution to the club’s success,” said Amonde of the Nazarine University Communications student.

Kilonzo joined KCB in 2011-2012 season as a junior playing in the Under 18 team and later joined championship and varsity side Catholic Monks in 2013. He made a return to KCB in 2015, after the team lost most of their players to Kabras, joining the senior team and on the same year he was called up to the national 7’s team Shujaas but did not make the final squad. “We have lost one of our best.

He was the best KCB player last season and also the man of our tour in South Africa. We are planning for a prayer and counseling session for his team mates as we coordinate with the family and team sponsor for burial arrangements,” offered team manager Rooney Kangeta.

The team manager says the club will dedicate this season to the young lad while Shujaas’ captain Amonde says this will be a motivation to clinch the Kenya Cup title in his honour. He featured for KCB alongside his brother Peter Kilonzo and was expected to make Shujaas squad this year.

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