SOCCER fields in the Northern Coast region will be deserted this weekend as fans across the region join hands to pay their last respect to the four departed players who perished last weekend after a match in Marereni township.
Football Kenya Federation North Coast branch officials arrived at the decision to suspend all league matches scheduled for the weekend in Kilifi, Malindi, Hola and Lamu islands to give fans and officials time to send off the deceased players.
Speaking on Tuesday after chairing an emergency branch meeting in Malindi, branch Secretary Raphael Mwalungo said the branch was liasing with the families of Kalume Kaingu, 16, Raymond Katana,15, Benson Shida, 16, and Chance Mwalimu,15, to accord them a decent send off.
"We are in league with the families to ensure the players receive a decent send off this Saturday. For this reason we have resolved to suspend all the matches within the branch in order to be at Kagombani village," said Mwalungo.
By yesterday five players were still admitted at the Malindi District Hospital with one still in serious condition following the grisly accident at the Borabora area near Gongoni trading centre in Magarini district after the van they were travelling in collided with a track from Malindi heading to Garsen.
The accident involving the players of Mambrui based Coral Sea FC came after a divisional match between them and Marereni based Hope FC.
Football Kenya Fedeferation president Sam Nyamweya and regional national executiove c ommittee membver Hussein Terry member visited the area to condole with the bereaved family to offset transport, hospital bills and burial expenses worthy Mwalungo and his FKF South Coast branch counterpart Evans Mwachia also donated to the funeral expenses.