Former Harambee Stars skipper and coach Musa Otieno has been hospitalised in Nairobi after testing positive for Covid-19.

During this pandemic, Otieno has been in the forefront in helping vulnerable Kenyans through his Kick Off To Hope organisation, which supports more than 600 needy families in the low-income areas of Nairobi.

Kenya Association of Former Footballers (KAFF) chairman Athanas Obango, through his Facebook post, revealed that on Friday last week, he got a phone call from a friend informing him that Musa Otieno has been unwell.

Obango then called Otieno to find out what the problem was. “He told me he was having some high fever and was feeling a bit weak.

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“Several tests were done on him and he was requested to go back home and return for the results after four days. I advised him not to return home but go to Kenyatta National Hospital for further checks.

Obango said he later contacted Otieno’s elder brother, Barrack Ouma, Football Kenya Federation deputy president Doris Petra, and a doctor to check on the retired international.

“Musa was later put on oxygen and admitted to Ward 7. More tests were done, including one for Covid-19. I have been in constant contact with the family and and I want to assure the football family that our legend is responding well to treatment. On behalf of the Kenya Association of Former Footballers (KAFF) we would want to wish our captain fantastic a quick recovery and let’s keep on praying for our legend,” Obando said in a statement.

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Also Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Nick Mwendwa through his official Twitter account wished Otieno a quick recovery.


Otieno is one of Kenya’s most decorated Kenyan footballers, having made his national team debut against then then Zaire (DRC) in 1993 at the age of 19.

He captained the team numerous times. He was also a member of the Kenyan 2004 African Nations Cup team, which finished in third in their group in the first round of competition, thus failing to secure qualification for the quarter finals. He made 104 appearances for the national team.

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