A sombre mood has engulfed the Football fraternity in Embu County after a player died during the FKF game in Embu North District League.
Peterson Macharia who plays for Kavutiri FC is said to have complained that he was not okay during the match against Jungle FC.
The Football Kenya Federation chairman Embu branch Charles Njagi said the Kavutiri defender died on arrival at Embu level 5 hospital.
“The player complained over some discomfort when the match was ending and collapsed. He was given first aid before being rushed to hospital but unfortunately, he died on arrival,” said Njagi.
According to Njagi, Macharia had earlier been injured but he kept playing the game.
“Fitness of players should come first and nothing else, let not strain our players when they have an injury,” Njagi said.
The chairman also noted that local players have not been able to ensure there are medics to look at the welfare of players in case of injury during or before a match due to lack of money.
He urged local leaders to come on board and support youths in sports to acquire such important services to enable them to continue sharpening their talents.
“It’s the high time for our leaders to come out and support players and get what they don’t have, especially the issue of medics on the bench which has been thorny because players have no capacity to do so,” he noted.
Alex Murimi the teammate to the deceased mourned the 25-year-old player as football king who was working hard to scale up the sport to greater heights.
He said it was a big blow for their team to lose the captain who was always there for their team.
Murimi said first aid kits are important and called upon well-wishers to donate some.
He urged for teams to also be helped to secure equipped first aid kits which can be used to enable players to carry out first aid services.
Three years ago, three players from Mbeere died after they were involved in a road accident as they were heading home after a match