- A former Kenyan soccer star's life has been reduced to abject poverty and he now lives in a slum
- Noah Ayuko who excited Kenyans with his amazing goal keeping theatrics is also sickly
- The former footballer was discovered by a police officer who bumped into him while doing patrols
Many African football lovers will remember him for a unique hairstyle and his many theatrics in the field while he was Harambee Star's goal keeper.
Noah Ayuko was an aggressive and no nonsense goal keeper who was a household name in the early 2000s.
But Ayuko has now been reduced to a pauper, is sickly and lives in some slum.
His plight was brought to light by a police officer going by the name Apostle Henry Oburu who said on Facebook that he was shocked when he bumped into the former soccer star while doing patrols.
"I sometimes think the world is not fair. Guess who this guy is? When I bumped on him as I did town patrol in this slum and on telling me who he is,I had to remove my shades and the cap just to pray for him and asked God to heal him and bless him again.
"Yes, this is the famous and former Harambee Stars goalkeeper Noah Ayuko living in poverty and sickness and forgotten by our Government.
"I wonder what curse is on our former heroes and especially those in the football fraternity. Is the sports management in this country aware of this?" said Oburu, a Kenyan in a Facebook post.
The officer revealed that the footballer told him he did not retire from active football and that he found himself in this scenario adding that he is willing to go back to coaching young stars if he manages to get well.
Oburu also made an appeal on behalf of Ayuko asking well wishers and football managers in the country to come to the former Star's goalie aid.
"That is why friends I'm now asking anyone who has the contacts of the following to inbox me: Mr Nick Mwendwa the president of Football Federation of Kenya(FKF), Mr Zico Otieno, former Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars coach and Mr Gordon Oluoch, Sports Commissioner.
"Let us rise and help this man who in his time brought smiles on the faces of Kenyan football fans," said Oburu.
Ayuko, the once dreadlocked custodian started his meteoric rise in football club Sher Karuturi before moving to Chemelil Sugar, Oserian Fastac and Kakamega Homeboyz where he hanged his boots.
He later became a goal keeper trainer for Vihiga United before his current state was revealed.
Here's a video of Ayuko before he fell from grace.