Former Harambee Stars assistant coach and Gor Mahia coach James Siang'a died in Bungoma on Friday night after a long battle with diabetes.
He will be remembered for laying the foundation for Gor Mahia’s success in the twilight stages of his coaching career.
Siang'a, who was once Kenya's goalkeeper, was capped 69 times between 1963 and 1975.
He played for the country at the 1972 African Cup of Nations finals and managed the national team between 1999 and 2000.
Siang'a then moved to Tanzania whose national team he managed in 2002.
He also managed the country's Simba SC and Moro United, and Uganda's Express FC.
In October 2004, while at Moro United, he was approached to take over as Harambee Stars manager but refused.
In the same month, he also turned down an opportunity to manage Tanzania's national team.
Siang'a coached Mtibwa Sugar in Tanzania before moving to Gor Mahia.