Rugby Rugby

Mwamba scrumhalf Wayodi passes on after cardiac arrest

Victor Wayodi in action during a past match. PHOTO/Raga House
Victor Wayodi in action during a past match. PHOTO/Raga House

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 11- Barely a week after Nondescripts RFC centre Ogeto Gecheo passed on following a freak injury during a Kenya Cup game, the Kenyan rugby fraternity has been thrown into mourning once again following the death of Mwamba’s Victor Wayodi on Saturday evening.

The scrum half suffered a cardiac arrest on Saturday during a Kenya Cup match against Nakuru RFC which ended 10-10 at the Impala Club and sadly passed on while being attended to at the Nairobi Women’s Hospital in Hurlingham.

Mwamba RFC posted on their official twitter account; “It’s with profound sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our scum-half and captain Victor Wayodi. #RipWayodi.”

“He suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch and was taken into the ambulance and the doctors decided to rush him to hospital. He was still conscious all that time up until around 9pm when he passed on. He had even been talking and the last thing he asked for was water,” a club source told Capital Sport.

This was the first match Wayodi was playing in two months since suffering a soft tissue back injury during an Impala Floodlights match in October.

The rugby fraternity has joined the Mwamba family in mourning with messages of condolences flooding social media.

“Kenya Rugby mourns @MwambaRFC and Wayodi’s family we are with you during this trying time. #RIPWayodi,” Kenya Harlequins tweeted.

“You served your country. You bled Black for your club. You honored the game. Fare thee well brother. We will never forget. #RipWayodi,” Stephen Musyoka, a staunch rugby fan tweeted.

The 24-year old’s death brings into sharper scrutiny the state of player health and safety during matches, another big headache for the Kenya Rugby Union.