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3 Mar 18

On Saturday March 3 2018, Gor Mahia played against Bandari. These are the two teams that Ben Oloo Breakdance played for. It was as if fate arranged this match as a remembrance for the former Kogalo and Bandari winger 5 days after he passed on. Let us remember the life of this wonderfully gifted winger.

In Sudan in for the 1985 CECAFA Cup. It was his first tournament and Breakdance played almost all the games as Kogalo lifted the trophy in memorable style.

 

With club legend Abbas Magongo

In action against Hakati FC in 1985

 

On this day in 1986, Breakdance scored a hat trick against Transcom FC of Nakuru

 

In the front row with blue jacket. Breakdance with other Kogalo players in Sudan in 1985

 

With Kogalo players Peter Ochieng Pierre and John Okello Zangi aka Zing Zang

 

During a call up to Harambee Stars in 1986. Breakdance is in the front row , 3rd from left

 

In 1987, Gor Mahia had two lethal left wingers in Sammy Onyango and Ben Oloo

 

During the tour of Denmark in 1988 with George Otieno Solo and Tom Gundo

 

With Hezborn Omollo in Benin 1987 after playing Dragons L’Oueme

 

Standing next to Peter Otieno in Benin in 1987

 

Second from right prior to a continental match. Also in this pic from right: Bassanga, Breakdance, Hezborn Omollo, Pierre, Zamalek, Fundi, Solo, Dawo, Mwidau, Nyangi, Ocholla, Maira, Janabi,Ndolo

 

In London in 1988 with other Kogalo players Joseph Owino, Jeffer Mwidau, Dan Miswa and others

Ben Oloo seen hear leaping on Peter Dawo after the latter scored the winning goal against Mukura Victory of Rwanda in the 1988 Africa Cup winners cup. Others in this pic are Fundi, Makamu and Zangi

 

Prior to joining Kogalo, a young Ben Oloo

 

Meeting the legendary England player John Barnes in South Africa

 

At home in Karungu, Migori county

 

With his father in Karungu in 2016

 

Wazee wa Kazi match with Makamu and Fundi

 

Wazee wa Kazi match in 2013 with George Onyango Fundi

 

At home in Karungu in 2015

 

Ben Oloo was Guest of honor

 

With former Ingwe players Peter Lichungu and Mike Amwayi who were his rivals during their playing days.

 

In Mombasa with Austin Oduor and former national team coach Mohamed Kheri

 

With former team-mates Austin Oduor and David Ochieng in 2014

 

Playing with other veterans of Bandari FC and Cargo FC

 

Breakdance served as an official of Bandari FC in Various capacities for two decades

 

As a student at St Marys Yala in 1977

 

Young Ben Oloo on the left

 

RIP Breakdance. Let us not judge his decision to take his own life. Clinical depression is a debilitating illness whereby the brain produces chemicals that make a person constantly depressed. It can get to the point where a person cannot take it anymore.


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27 Feb 18

Breakdance (centre) pictured here when Kogalo toured the Ivory Coast in 1988

Ben “Breakdance” Oloo, one of the most gifted players ever to don the Gor Mahia jersey has passed on. He was found dead at his home in Kaa Chonjo Mombasa on Monday February 26 2018.

Breakdance joined Kogalo at the start of the 1985 and stayed on until around 1990 whereupon he hang his boots. He was nicknamed breakdance because his mazy dribbling skills often left defenders dancing. And when he joined Kogalo in 1985, “Breakdance” was the prevailing dance crazy that engulfed the country. There was even a blockbuster movie based on the dance.

He was born in 1961 in Karungu location in what is now Migori county. He spent his formative days in Kisumu City where he attended Central Primary School and Kisumu Boys High School where he excelled at hockey.  He then transferred to St Mary’s High School, Yala where he played basketball. After excelling   an inter-dormitory football competition, he was convinced to focus on football by former Luo Union FC legend Eric Omonge “Jaboma” .

Upon finishing school, he joined Kisumu Black Stars in 1979. He stayed on until 1980 before joining Utalii College then Lake Warriors in Mombasa.  Cargo FC, (now Bandari) raided Lake Warriors, recruiting most of their top players including Oloo as well as George Onyango “Fundi” and others like Albert Oyoo “Wazimu”.

It was while playing for Cargo FC that Breakdance was sported by Gor Mahia talent scouts who approached him, perhaps at the behest of his former team-mate George Onyango “Fundi” who has also joined Kogalo from Cargo the previous year.

Upon joining Gor Mahia, Oloo made an instant impact. He quickly became a fan favourite due to his superb dribbling skills on the left wing which often left defenders dazzled. He was also a fine crosser of the ball. His first assignment was the 1985 CECAFA cup. He was one of the new signings called up to shore up a Gor Mahia side that was badly depleted due to the suspension of six players. He played a pivotal role, playing all the matches as Gor Mahia went on to win that tournament.

“Breakdance” was often deployed as a substitute. Indeed his most memorable match was the Mashemeji derby at the end of the 1987 season. With the game seemingly destined for a scoreless draw, coach Jack Johnson introduced “Breakdance” as a second half sub. It was a stroke of genius. First Breakdance lit up the crowd as he confused and mesmerized the Ingwe defence with his mazy dribbles. Then towards the end of the game, he dribbled past Wycliff Anyangu, and sent a well weighted cross which Peter Dawo met with a header to score the winning goal. Gor Mahia won 1-0, eliciting crazy celebrations as fans danced and sung from Nyayo stadium to the City centre as was the tradition back then.

Throughout his entire career, Breakdance was an employee of Kenya Ports Authority in Mombasa and would diligently travel to Nairobi along with George Onyango “Fundi” to attend training sessions. He was one of the few KPA employees who did not play for Bandari FC.

Once he hung up his boots, Breakdance stayed in Mombasa where he continued to work at KPA. He was also a long serving official of Bandari FC where he served in various capacities including club secretary, team Manager and Chairman.

An apparent suicide is blamed for his demise. Chairman Ambrose Rachier remembered breakdance for the role he played a player and as a former player.

“As chairman of Gor Mahia, I want to pass my very sincere condolences to the family of the late Ben Oloo. He was a very good player, very versatile from the wings. His intricate leg movement made him a darling to our fans hence the nickname ‘Breakdance’. He was our legend.

“He was also useful to us in terms of identifying talent. We will sorely miss him, and as a club, we will take part in the funeral plans,” mourned Rachier.


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