Football fans in Rift Valley are mourning a sudden demise Branch League side Elgonview College FC captain Richard Banda who passed on last week.
The team’s head coach Fred Ngawo announced the death of the midfielder on Monday afternoon wrote: “EVC FC mourns the death of our midfield maestro Richard Banda. May his soul rest in peace.”
According to Ngawo, the ugandan player, a student at Elgonview college passed on and was hurriendly buried in his homeland due to the biting coronavirus pandemic.
He said that the course of the death is not known.
“The circumstances are not very clear yet but preliminary information is food poisoning. He died in Uganda over the weekend,” said Ngawo.
Following his heartbreaking news, fans, players and managers poured their condolesence messages to the entire team.
Eldoret Falcons coach Joshua Ariko wrote: “Pole sana may his soul rest in peace.” David Simiyu said “Poleni Sana Ngawo Fred and your team.”
Bruce wrote: “Whaaat. So sad. A very good talented midfielder gone too soon. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Former Uasin Gishu branch chairman Paul Tororei wrote: “Poleni Sana Evc fc, it’s so sad to lose such young talents. God rest his soul in eternal peace,” he was followed by his predecessor Peter Chesang who said “Pole Sana to the club and family so sad indeed a promising talent may he RIP.”
Ngawo added “On behalf of myself and EVC FC team management, we really appreciate your humbling wishes of good faith following the demise of our Captain and dependable player. The initial call and recorded message sent by his mother last night was not very clear but after talking to his sister today it’s clear that he died sometimes way back due to food poisoning and was buried quickly due to lockdown measures in Uganda. Richie was at EVC on contractual obligations having played before for Chemelil and Muhoroni Youth and only left for home after the suspension of sporting activities owing to covid 19. The lovely football family in UG, kindly accepts our appreciation of your wishes.”
Others wrote: “On behalf of Baharini Utd FC we say pole sana. May he RIP. Bernard Kemboi from Strawburg “TWASEMA POLE SANA TEAM EVC”May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Mama Diof “Kwa niaba yangu na kwa niaba ya Bondeni FC, mpokee risala zetu za rambi rambi Freddy.
Kiptoo “On behalf of Karima United FC,E.C.V FC receive our heartfelt Condolences. All shall be well. May his soul rest in peace.”
Johnstone Mallel “N I too, On behalf of the Technical bench, our players and fans at Eldoret United to EVC our brothers, Words of POLE reach u at this trying moments. It’s hard to Cope with loss! Bit may the Almighty see u through this as we say, RIP Hero, ball fighter n neighbour!
Moses Kibe “Heartfelt condolences Mr Fred and the entire EVC fraternity.
“On my behalf and Tumkkas fc receive our sincere condolences, may God console the family, friends n neighbours during this hard time.
“On behalf of West Indies Stars Fc, receive our deepest condolences, may God give U strength at this time.”
Isaiah Kofuna “On behalf of Hofen baach receive our condolence Fred and entire evc community. May his soul rest in peace.”
“Kwa niaba ya timu nzima ya Eldoret Rangers, tunatoa pole zetu tukiwa tumevunjika moyo kwa kumpoteza kijana mdogo vile. Twamwomba mola na ailaze roho yake mahali pema. POLENI SANA EVC kwa pigo hili. Mungu atatenda.”
“On behalf of Cheptigit FC we would like to say pole kwa family and the entire evc players sorry”
“Life is so precious. On my own behalf and on behalf of my family systematic media Receive our Heartfelt condolences. RIP player”