The family of former Harambee Stars coach Tom Olaba is calling on Kenyans to help them raise funds to cater for his hospital bills and airlift him from Tanzania where he has been receiving treatment.
Olaba served as Harambee Stars coach in 2006 for one-year, before former Tusker coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee took over. The experienced tactician, has also served as assistant coach for Harambee Stars under the late Reinhard Fabisch in 1997, and is currently admitted at Benjamin Mkapa hospital where he was referred to from Dodoma hospital.
According to his brother Fabian Olaba, the former Harambee Stars Under 17 coach has undergone two operations on his back/spinal cord and is currently paralysed. His last assignment in Tanzania was leading Ruvu Shootings Stars from the lower league to the Vodacom Premier League.
Olaba has coached AFC Leopards twice, the latest in 2012 where he took over from Jan Koops, who was dismissed due to a string of poor results. He had also coached Mtibwa Sugar and Zanzibar side Ocean View. Meanwhile, Kenya National Football Coaches Association (Kenfoca) chairman Robert Matano has asked Kenyans to channel their contributions towards Olaba to Kenfoca treasurer James Saisi.