"Similarly, what was it about the mild temperate climate in
Nairobi at around 6000 feet above ground?
"Was it the dust, from the murram fields the young players
practised on, the Dr Ribeiro Goan School which produced all of
the Goan Olympians born in Kenya and some from outside Kenya or
was school coach and teacher Anthony De Souza the factor.
"Many will swear that it was really De Souza’s coaching
skills, honed on his own experiences of playing for the
Lusitanians in Bombay and other parts of India that made the
"Others will say it was he is caring and kind but firm
attitude couple with his experience as a hockey player at the
top layer of the game that made the difference.
"Whatever it was, it meant that at least a dozen or more
players were selected for and played in the Olympics Games.
"Yet others represented Kenyan in internationals both at home
"Only three players from the coast were Olympians and a few
others were capped for Kenya."
Cyprian has been generously assisted in his most impressive
sporting memoirs with numerous and excellent contributions which
The Ugandan Cricket Legacy - By John Noronha
Tribute to teacher and sports coach Anthony D'Souza - by
Goan Sporting Heroes from East Africa - by Norman Da Costa
Innate Goan sporting talent - memories of Astrid Diana
However, despite the no doubt great sporting prowess of the
former Goan community ...
'Stars Next Door' also concentrates a rich focus on so many,
much-loved, Goan musicians, singers, artists, entertainers and
radio stars, who were hugely popular across East Africa before
the arrival of television and digital 'down-streaming'.
Here you will re-discover the lost and forgotten histories of
once household names such as:
Max De Souza, Julian Costa Silva, Edmund Silveira, The
Bandits, George DeSouza, Jack Fernandes, Jimmy van Rosi, Leo
Rodrigues, Warren Mcmahon, Richard Rattos, Philip Lawrence De
Souza, Henry Braganza, Theresa Alfonso Tucker, The Alfonso
Sisters, Delfine Da Costa, and the 'Piano Man' Terence Pinto.
In conclusion Cyprian humbly notes: 'Stars Next Door' is not my book. It
belongs to everyone and anyone who has made any
contribution towards making it a reality.