Kenyan women’s rugby captain dies from match injuries

Rugby Fan Roar Guru

By Rugby Fan, Rugby Fan is a Roar Guru


12 Have your say

    Related coverage

    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.”

    Do you find yourself logged out of The Roar?
    We have just switched over to a secure site (https). This means you will need to log-in afresh. If you need help with recovering your password, please get in contact.

    This video is trending right now! Submit your videos for the chance to win a share of $10,000!

    Oldest | Newest | Most Recent

    The Crowd Says (12)

    • May 1st 2012 @ 11:47pm
      amazonfan said | May 1st 2012 @ 11:47pm | ! Report

      Terrible news. My complete sympathies.

    • May 2nd 2012 @ 12:21am
      Lorry said | May 2nd 2012 @ 12:21am | ! Report

      how tragic. thoughts.

    • May 2nd 2012 @ 7:14am
      Moaman said | May 2nd 2012 @ 7:14am | ! Report

      Terribly sad news.

    • May 3rd 2012 @ 8:40pm
      The Great G Nepia said | May 3rd 2012 @ 8:40pm | ! Report

      Very tragic news, my sympathies go out to her friends and family.

    • May 4th 2012 @ 7:25am
      anthony said | May 4th 2012 @ 7:25am | ! Report

      very sad.she was an inspiration to up coming young women rugby players not only in kenya.R.I.P

    • May 14th 2012 @ 4:24pm
      Anon said | May 14th 2012 @ 4:24pm | ! Report

      Am a rugby fun from kenya thanks for the condolence she was buried this past saturday 12th may

    Have Your Say

    If not logged in, please enter your name and email before submitting your comment. Please review our comments policy before posting on the Roar.