Nairobi Heroes: My Part in the Rise of Goan Soccer in Kenya.
A first-hand experience by Johnny Lobo
Attended Dr. Ribeiro Goan School from 1933. He then joined the Ministry of Works (PWD) and worked as an accountant for 27 years. On retirement from the Government worked for various local companies before leaving Kenya in Dec 1993He married Maura Lobo on 6th September 1959. They are parents of John Ed, James / Fiona, Jerry / Celine, Mary Ann / Neil, Melita / Michael and Michelleand the proud grandparents of 7 grandsons: Jeremy, Julian, Liam, Matthew, Ethan, Mark and Owen.This is his story, in his words, unedited. He wrote the story long hand and his wife typed it up!
We were scheduled to stay in Zanzibar for 4-5 days and then planned to board the S.S. Karanja on its return trip from Durban to Mombasa. Unfortunately, Robert Santiago contacted chicken pox prior to sailing. We could not take him to a government or private doctor as they would surely quarantine him. We approached Mr. D'Silva who ran an Herbal dispensary called Kipondo. His son was Ladis D'Silva and he was a strong supporter of our team in Nairobi. He willingly agreed to accommodate Robert and myself as I agreed to stay back. In 3 days Robert was cured and well. We then received a telegram that both of us were selected to play against Africa in the fourth game. We left Zanzibar by E. A. Airways in time for the game. We lost the match 2 - Nil and so ended a marathon duel and the last of the Maxwell Brady Cup.
who we beat by one goal. The next season I moved back to continue to captain the side.