• FKF to receive life support kits from CAF

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Apr 17, 2012-

Football Kenya Federation, FKF is set to receive an emergency kit containing various life support items, medical equipments and five laptops from the Confederation of African Football, CAF.

In the light of the recent passing of three footballers in the last two months and a near death experience of Fabrice Muamba in England, CAF has moved fast to equip its national member associations with the all-important life-saving kits.

Congolese born English footballer Muamba, who was discharged from hospital yesterday, suffered a cardiac arrest while playing in a league match for Fulham last month.

On Sunday two footballers Livorno’s Piermario Morosini, 25 collapsed and died of cardiac arrest during a serie B game against Pescara and in Zambia 17-year old Bwalya Mukuka collapsed and died while playing for his Kabwe District Amateur Football Association (KADAFA) affiliated team, Super Lions, in a match against Pamodzi.

The cause of the death of the teenager who has already been buried was not ascertained, as there was no postmortem. Last month in Bangladesh a footballer named Venkatesh playing for Bangalore Mars came on as a substitute in the 73rd minute and collapsed toward the end of the game of cardiac arrest.

As part of its development program “Contract with Africa”, CAF will distribute administrative support accessories and medical equipment to all its National Associations.

“CAF is very committed to the programs of our members and we hope the equipment will be vital in carrying out of their administrative and medical responsibilities,” said CAF President Issa Hayatou.

The program is in line with CAF’s commitment to equip the secretariat of its member associations to aid to the discharge of their duties, while providing required medical support.

Evelyn Watta

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