Trib­ute to late Kiyan

Ju­nior River­side team hon­ours a peer who died af­ter be­ing hit by a goal­post

Sunday Tribune - - METRO - SIPHELELE BUTHELEZI [email protected]

A BUNCH of flow­ers was laid in front of a goal­post, not as a sym­bol of vic­tory for a match, but a re­minder of a loss of life.

A soc­cer match on Fri­day evening, be­tween River­side and Ju­ven­tus foot­ball clubs’ ju­nior teams, ended trag­i­cally when the goal­post at the River­side sports ground in Dur­ban North fell on eight-year-old Kiyan Singh, caus­ing his death.

Jes­sica Lukas, a bar man­ager at the River­side Sports Club, said Singh was stand­ing on the side­lines of the pitch as a re­serve player when the post hit him.

“The boy was not play­ing at the time of the in­ci­dent but was stand­ing, wait­ing for his turn. His coach tried to hold the post and pre­vent it from land­ing on the boy but ap­par­ently the boy ran in the other di­rec­tion and was hit,” Lukas said.

“His coach did all he could – they tried to save him. It was a freak in­ci­dent. We are ex­tremely sad about the loss and our sym­pa­thies are with the fam­ily.” She said all goal­posts were put down im­me­di­ately af­ter the in­ci­dent.

When the Sun­day Tri­bune ar­rived at the grounds yes­ter­day, the River­side FC team gath­ered with their par­ents for a mo­ment of si­lence.

The chair­per­son of Ju­ven­tus FC, Steven Pap­ini, con­firmed the ac­ci­dent.

“We want to ex­press our deep­est con­do­lences to the fam­ily. Our prayers and thoughts are with the fam­ily in this dark pe­riod. Un­for­tu­nately at this stage, the in­for­ma­tion re­ceived of this tragic ac­ci­dent is sketchy and we await fur­ther de­tails from the River­side Sport Club and SAPS. I can con­firm this was an out-of-sea­son friendly game played at the River­side Sports Club,” said Pap­ini.

SAPS spokesper­son Nqo­bile Gwala said an in­quest was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by Dur­ban North po­lice. “An eightyear-old boy was watch­ing soc­cer at the River­side sports ground, in Prospect Hall Road, when the wind caused the goal­post to fall on to the head of the boy.

“The cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the in­ci­dent are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated,” said Gwala.

| SIBONISO MNGADI

RIVER­SIDE Sports Club play­ers pay trib­ute to Kiyan Singh from Ju­ven­tus FC who died af­ter be­ing hit by a goal­post.

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