Joachim Okoth Credit: Daily Monitor
[/media-credit] Joachim Okoth (RIP) Credit: Daily Monitor

Chess legend Joachim Okoth, who was elected as the national team coach early this year has died aged 67.

Okoth, whose first stint as a national team coach came in 2011, and served for two years before being replaced by CM Bob Bibasa in 2013 had been suffering from infective endocarditis, an infection of the endocardial surface of the heart.  He breathed his last at the Mulago Heart Institute on Tuesday.

Okoth was a former Olympian. His national team debut arrived in 1984, and alongside the late Willy Zabasajja, the late Amos Mungyereza, Silver Kamuhangire, Enoch Barumba and Mathew Kibuka represented the country at the 26th Olympiad in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Okoth managed a respectable four points in that edition playing on board four, and became a mainstay in the national team featuring four more times in 1986, 1988, 1990 and 1992 which was his best year as he scored a team best seven points playing on board four.

He served as a coach under two administrations. Under Vianney Luggya whose second term ended last year, and the current administration led by Emmanuel Mwaka.

At the time of his death, Okoth was eleven month into his second stint.

Marion Malinga

Staff Writer for Kawowo Sports

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