Former Kenya international, goalkeeper Noah Ayuko, has fallen on tough times and is now calling for urgent financial help.
Ayuko, who turned out for several clubs most notably, Sher Karuturi, is currently in Kakamega after retiring from the game. His last work station was at Vihiga United where he worked as a goalkeeping coach.
His former team mate Boniface Ambani last week launched an initiative aimed at raising funds for the ex-custodian to help him set up a business. In an interview with Goal, Ambani said that it was a high time the football fraternity came through for the ex-player other than watching from a distance. “He is having a lot of financial trouble. Ball illisha, job iliisha (football is no more), so survival has become difficult. He is in bad state and affording a meal has become a problem.”
Quizzed on the rationale of the funds-drive, Ambani said: “What we want is to help set-up a business for him. We won’t hand him the cash. I’ve already spoken with him and he says he can run a barbershop (Kinyozi) because he’s got the skills. I have told him to find a strategic location for the business. I’m doing this because we have time to help him….not when he is not with us."
Ambani, who is himself an ex-international, said that he is in the process of getting a Pay-Bill number on which the funds will be channeled. He has himself donated Sh5, 000 for the cause. Ayuko, for his part said: "It's true life is hard. I've been in touch with Ambani (Boniface). I hope things will improve."
Ayuko’s sad tale evokes the bitter memories of four years ago when Gor Mahia fans rallied to raise funds for the club’s former captain Julius ‘Awilo” Owino when it emerged that he had fallen on tough times and was scavenging dump sites for polythene bags, which he would later sell to earn a living.