The two back-to-back League titles with Gor Mahia in 2017 and 2018 brought so much Joy to Kenyan people in Nairobi that one couple deemed it fit to name their newly born child after Coach Dylan Kerr.
The couple, Washington Omondi and Velma Achieng were recently blessed with a Baby boy whom they decided to name Dylan Kerr Otieno (Otieno for he was born at night).
Speaking to FARPost all the way from Kenya, the father (Washington) says they decided to name the child after the former Leeds United defender because they want him to be a Champion just like Kerr.
“I hope that my son will be a champion, a star and a great footballer just like Dylan Kerr,” said Omondi.
“He masterminded the entry of K’Ogalo into the continental scene and as a fan, I tasted the sweetness of continental games in Kenya. As a fan, I developed confidence into the team and eventually loved Dylan. I could go to the stadium to watch the team play and rush back home to watch on TV his post-match interview or analysis of the game. I liked his choice of words and praise on his players.
“Dylan has been a source of inspiration to me and many K’Ogalo faithfuls. His charisma and unifying character, down-to-earth nature and ability to fit in the club culture made me to like him more. More so, his achievements at the club, while still mingling with the fans, irrespective of our social or economic status,” he told this publication.
“When I had my first child, a son, I had no option but to name him after the coach who inspired me and many more fans during his stay in Kenya. I never met him in person, I hope one day we will meet,” said Omondi.
Meanwhile, the Baroka coach says he has had many kids named after him before but this one takes the cup.
“This week has been tough and a bad week for me because it was my mum’s birthday, my first one without her and then a lady I first met when I came to Polokwane passed away a few days later after fighting cancer and I met my Chairman Monday morning told him I was struggling and an hour later I was told I had a baby named after me,” said Kerr.
“I have had I think 8 maybe or more babies named after me from football but this new one just shows how sometimes when life is bad and you are feeling low in these COVID-19 days there is something that can erase that hurt of losing a friend and not being able to celebrate with your mum on her birthday really happy and bring back that smile and I am so honoured not only to know this but to be sent pictures of the baby too, ” he told FARPost.
During his time at the Kenyan giants, Kerr also helped the side reach the group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup in 2018 after they were eliminated in the first round of the Champions League.
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By Ofhani Munyai