Kenyan women’s rugby captain dies from match injuries

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    Tragic news from Africa, as Aberdeen Shikoyi, the captain of the Kenyan women’s rugby team, has died after sustaining a spinal injury last week.

    She was leading her team against Uganda in the first leg of the Elgon Cup when an opponent’s knee hit her spine during a tackle, and she was further injured in the scramble for the ball afterwards.

    She was airlifted from the pitch and taken to hospital in Nairobi for surgery. She passed away on Saturday night, a few hours after her team defeated Uganda in the second leg to claim the Cup.

    Aberdeen Shikoyi was captain of her club, Mwamba Invaders, and had represented her country for twelve years in dozens of matches. The Kenyan Rugby Union issued the following statement.

    “The KRU confirms the death of Aberdeen Shikoyi. We and the entire rugby fraternity are thankful for her service, dedication and leadership offered to the game of rugby and is saddened by her passing on. We also pay tribute to Uganda Rugby Union and the medical teams in Uganda and Kenya who ensured that she received the best medical treatment possible.”

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    • May 1st 2012 @ 3:18pm
      nickoldschool said | May 1st 2012 @ 3:18pm | ! Report

      Very sad indeed.

    • May 1st 2012 @ 3:43pm
      Shungmao said | May 1st 2012 @ 3:43pm | ! Report

      Thought are with your family, you are part of our wider rugby community and will be missed!

    • May 1st 2012 @ 3:58pm
      Nathan of Perth said | May 1st 2012 @ 3:58pm | ! Report

      My word, that’s terrible D:

      Condolences to all who knew her.

    • May 1st 2012 @ 5:01pm
      BennO said | May 1st 2012 @ 5:01pm | ! Report

      What a tragedy. Indeed, condolences to her family, friends and team mates.

    • May 1st 2012 @ 5:56pm
      formeropenside said | May 1st 2012 @ 5:56pm | ! Report

      Condolences to all who knew her. This is terribly sad.

    • May 1st 2012 @ 10:24pm
      Worlds biggest said | May 1st 2012 @ 10:24pm | ! Report

      Very sad news, thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and Kenyan Rugby.

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