Nairobi, May 23 -- I miss public spirited officials like him in a Kenyan football scene that today resembles a fire department that has been taken over by arsonists.

Mahallon Danga was a founding official of Gor Mahia Football Club. I came into sports journalism when he was the secretary of the club.

We soon became both friends and sparring partners because I kept my professional distance from him.

He was the embodiment of loyal and competent service to his club, consistently giving over and above what would be expected of a public official.

Gor Mahia was his club and he treated it as he would his own family.

They nicknamed him "Diallo Teli" after the Guinean who was the first secretary general of the Organization of African Unity, the...