Keringet mourns beloved son and KSSSA boss Ngetich

Kimutai Ngetich who was the KSSSA chairman died in a tragic accident along the Nakuru-Kericho ...
Kimutai Ngetich who was the KSSSA chairman died in a tragic accident along the Nakuru-Kericho highway. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

Normal training routine at the Keringet Athletics Camp was suspended on Thursday morning as sorrow gripped the village, a day after its renowned son Kimutai Ngetich died in a road accident.

Hundreds of mourners that included elite athletes flocked his Keringet home in Kuresoi, Nakuru County to condole with the family of Ngetich who was the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) Chairman before he died.

Ngetich, who led Kenya to retaining their Federation of East African Secondary Schools Association (FEASSA) title in Gulu, died on the spot after a PSV vehicle on which he was aboard rammed into the rear of a tractor and veered into a ditch.

“We’re all saddened by the loss of Ngetich because he is the founder of athletics here in Keringet. I only joined athletics in 2007 when I was a Games teacher but I have since grown my profile.

“It’s amazing what he has achieved in bringing up girls through the ranks and into world beaters. Take Faith Kipyegon for example,” Keringet Winners Girls High School Principal Maylene Lasoi told Citizen Digital.

Kipyegon, the Rio Olympics gold medallist and World 1500m champion, graduated from the school in 2015 and also hails from the region.

“He was a wise man and very influential in the lives of athletes and also an icon in the education sector.

“I met him in 2010 when I came to Keringet to learn what entails good coaching and worked together ever since. I also the chance to work with him at his school in Chebarar in 2013,” Charles Ngau who is one of the coaches at the facility said.

Others, including Japan-based athlete Alfred Ngeno, who got the chance pay their tributes hailed the fallen icon as the father of South Rift athletics.

Family members, relatives, education officials, elite athletes and friends were amongst hundreds of mourners who arrived at Molo Hospital morgue to witness the removal of his body to the Nakuru War Memorial Hospital.

Speaking outside Molo Hospital, Kuresoi South Deputy Sub-county Education boss Samuel Chemwolo described the late career educationist and sports administrator as a great man who worked tirelessly for betterment for humanity.

Ngetich was serving his first term as KSSSA Chairman having been elected into office in 2013. He was previously Secretary General of the Rift Valley Secondary School Sport Association before he was elected Treasurer and finally winning two terms as chair of the regional body.

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