Africa University Games: Shock as basketball player collapses and dies

Basketball player dies during Africa University Games

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What you need to know:

  • Reports indicate that the 20-year-old player, who authorities have withheld his name until the next of kin are informed of his demise, collapsed during his side's clash with United States International University of Africa (USIU)


A basketball player from American University of Cairo in Egypt that is taking part in the 10th All-Africa University Games at Kenyatta University died Friday after he collapsed on court during a match.

Reports indicate that the 20-year-old player, who authorities have withheld his name until the next of kin are informed of his demise, collapsed during his side's clash with United States International University of Africa (USIU) at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani Indoor Arena.

He died at the nearby Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital where he had been rushed for treatment.

"It is very sad that we are confirming the incident of death of a student during ongoing All-Africa University Games," said Kasarani OCPD Peter Mwanzo.

"During the game, the young man jumped and fell on his back. It is believed he sustained injuries on his head. The paramedics who were around then swung into action, rushed him to Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital where doctors did their best but unfortunately, he died."

Mwanzo added that plans are underway in conjunction with the Egyptian Embassy in Kenya to transport the body via Egypt Air later Friday for the final rights back at home.

Efforts to get a comment from the hospital management proved futile.

The Games held at the Kenyatta University in Nairobi saw more than 40 universities participate in the continental event which lasted five days.

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