Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Aberdeen Shikoyi

From the Kenya Rugby Football Union:

Nairobi, Monday 30 April 2012

The Kenya Rugby Union, working in tandem with the family of Aberdeen Shikoyi,the Kenya Women's National Team captain who passed away at the Nairobi Hospital on Saturday 28 April 2012,have set up a joint working committee tasked with the overall responsibility of organizing her funeral.  A fundraiser to offset funeral expenses will be held at 5.00pm on Saturday 5 May 2012 at the Nairobi Railway Club .

There will be a memorial service celebrating Aberdeen’s life at 2.00pm on Monday 7 May 2012 at the Friends Church, Ngong’ Road. All her friends as well as members of the rugby fraternity are requested to turn out and honour Aberdeen.

Aberdeen’was injured during the first leg clash of the Women's Elgon Cup against Uganda in Kampala on Saturday 21 April 2012 and immediately airlifted to Nairobi for specialized treatment at the Nairobi Hospital where she remained admitted until the time of her death.Her requiem service will be held on Thursday 10 May 2012 at the Friends Church, Maringo, at a time to be advised in the coming days and she will be laid to rest on Saturday 12 May 2012 in Ikolomani, Kakamega County, Western Kenya.



From time to time there have been tragic spinal injuries reported, including Ben Kende's here in Hong Kong.  In my two decades as a rugby player I had never heard of a women's injury, much less a fatal one.  My heart goes out to Aberdeen's family, friends and teammates.  I cannot imagine the devastation from such a tragedy. 

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