Busia County Football Club striker Philip Papa died on Monday morning when the motorcycle he was being offered a lift was involved in an accident at Ikapolok area along Amagoro-Malaba road in Teso North Sub County.
Papa was heading to Malaba en route to Busia where he works as Office Assistant with Busia County Assembly when the fatal accident occurred.
Kenya Football Federation Teso Sub Branch chairman Moses Imai said the motorcycle was hit by Tahameed Bus which was travelling in the same direction. The player died on the spot while the motorcycle operator sustained serious injuries.
Imai who helped remove the body to Frapa Mortuary in Kocholia described the late Papa as a talented player with good lethal skills who will be missed during this year’s Kenya Inter-Counties Sports and Cultural Games to be held in Mombasa in November.
Before joining Busia County FC team, Papa played for National Division Two side Maembe FC from Angurai before moving to Chamasiri Tiger FC which also featured in the National Division Two League.
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong in a message of condolence said death has robbed the County Government of a resourceful player who had a bright future in his football career.
The Governor called on drivers plying County roads to be careful especially during this short rains to minimize road carnage which continue to claim the lives of many innocent people.
Photo: Philip Papa during the KICOSCA games in Eldoret in 2015