MBALE | UGANDA: Mbale Heroes head coach Mr. Hussein Ali Kheri has died at the age of 52. The club confirmed the death of their tactician on Wednesday morning stating that Kheri passed away last night after he was admitted in Mbale Regional Referral Hospital with heart related problems.
“It is with deep sorrow and profound shock that I announce the untimely passing on of our Head Coach, Mr. Hussein Kheri,” Mbale Heroes club Chairman Wycliff Mwambu said in a statement released.
“Coach Kheri has been with us for a period of close to 3 months having joined us at a time when we needed him most. He managed to bring his football passion to Mbale Heroes which he has handled very well till his death.”
“We will miss him as a person and most importantly his love to mentor and raise football stars. I have no doubt that the void left by his demise will be very difficult to fill. We implore all our supporters, fans and football lovers to stand with us and his family at this trying moment.”
Kheri was appointed Mbale Heroes coach in April 2021 when he replaced Bobic Odowa who was sacked after four games.
He also worked with clubs including BUL FC, Paidha Black Angles, and the defunct SC Victoria University among others.
He went on to coach at Utari College, Kenya Breweries, Alkhatabari Oman and AFC Leopards in Kenya including the National team of the Harambee Stars.
Born in 1969 in Tororo, Kheri was formerly an attacking midfielder before retiring from professional football.
Unconfirmed reports however suggested that the 52-year-old succumbed to Covid-19. His death comes a blow to the Mbale Heroes who recently got relegated to Regional League on Sunday after their goalless draw with Kataka FC.