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Sudden deaths of rugby players at their physical prime cause for worry

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Last Wednesday, the rugby fraternity woke up to the sad news of one of their own passing on. Kenya Simbas and KCB fullback Tony Onyango collapsed and died at his home in Nairobi.

It is reported that he suffered cardiac arrest.

Stories pieced together from his mates indicate that he had complained of chest discomfort after a weight training session at his club and was advised to take a rest.

On December 11, 2016, Mwamba scrumhalf Victor Wayodi collapsed during a Kenya Cup match against Nakuru at Impala Club. The player is said to have suffered a heart attack and died in hospital where he had been taken for treatment.

And on May 18, 2010, Impala’s international back Joshua Gathumbi collapsed and died in Nairobi, after suffering cardiac arrest.

Cases of young athletes, at the peak of their physical power dying suddenly from heart conditions are not new.

Cameroon football international Mac Vivian Foe, who died on June 26, 2003 during a Fifa Confederation Cup match against in Lyon, France. His heart suddenly stopped beating.

Nigeria international Samuel Okwaraji who collapsed and died of congestive heart failure during a Fifa World Cup qualification match against Angola at the Lagos National Stadium on 12 August 1989.

And just three days ago, another Nigerian footballer succumbed on the field of play.

Chineme Martins collapsed, fell unconscious and died during his club Nasarawa United’s league match against Katsina United. A faulty ambulance meant there was delay in getting the player to hospital in time.

But the sudden and unexpected deaths of super fit Kenyan rugby players from heart related problems is worrying.

Understandably, there has been animated debate in many a rugby WhatsApp groups about the possible causes, and with good reasons.

Firstly, vis-a-vis other elite sports in Kenya, no other has recorded these kind of deaths and with this frequency.

In fact, there are no records I have come across showing say, a basketball player, hockey player, volleyball player, at the prime of his/he career, who has died suddenly from cardiac arrest.

Secondly, and this is often whispered but never discussed overtly, many rugby players are obsessed with getting bigger, stronger, faster and lasting longer (no, not what you are thinking, but having the stamina to play or train at high intensity for longer).

It comes with the territory.

So? Many hours are spent pumping iron in a gymnasium and, for those who can, using food supplements, some with performance enhancement to achieve physical prowess.

In the early part of the last decade, when I was an elite rugby player, there was a supplement called Creatin that was all the rage.

It helped one recover faster from a hard training session, though most players also preferred it for its temporary after effect — It made one’s muscles retain water thus making an athlete appear bulkier.

Earlier this decade, there was another performance boosting substance simply called Jack3D that was favoured by players. Jack3D was actually banned in some countries because of suspected side effects including high blood pressure and stroke.

Of course supplements are part and parcel of an athlete’s daily life.

But in this highly competitive arena of international sport, medicine should also be given importance in the Kenyan game set-up so that food supplements and performance enhancement substance (legal ones) use is guided by professional advice.

Post-mortems revealed Foe and Okwaraji had hereditary conditions that predisposed them to sudden death when engaged in physical strain.

It would have been helpful to know what were the underlying issues that led to Gathumbi’s and Wayodi’s deaths.

Was it congenital or otherwise?

Could it have been prevented?

One rugby life lost this way is one too many. This was the third one.

By Nation.co.ke


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Kenyans Woman Spikes Lover’s Drink, Transfers Sh1.7mn From His Bank Account – police

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A woman has been arrested in the Kenyan coast after spiking his drink, and stealing Sh1.7 million from his bank account.

24-year-old Beatrice Mueni Mbiu had been on the run since September 8 when the incident occurred at a night club in Nyali, Kwale County.

“She took off alongside her two accomplices but we got her,” a DCI detective told Capital FM News, “she will be charged on Monday even as we seek the other two.”

The detective said the suspect had been positively identified by the victim.

According to police, the woman first spiked the man’s drink then stole his phone which she used to transfer Sh1.7 million from his bank account.

Detectives said they relied on the club’s CCTV images and footage to identify and trace the suspect.

Drink-spiking is common in night clubs frequented by commercial sex workers in major towns including Nairobi and Mombasa where they target both locals and foreigners.

-Capitalfm.co.ke


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Young African boy creates his own ‘ATM’ that dispenses new notes

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Africa is filled with amazing talents, that goes without much debates.

There have been instances where young people have demonstrated unmatchable skills like a Nigerian man who used pencils to create an amazing 3D drawing.

Young Nigerian boy creates his own ATM

The little boy knelt shyly in front of the camera as he demonstrated how his machine works. Photo: Gidi_Traffic
Source: UGC

A video of a young boy has added to the repositories of Africans whose works have found visibility online.

In the clip, the young boy showcased the contraption he made with carton boxes.

When asked what it is, the boy said it an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM).

He demonstrated how it works as new naira notes dashed out of a hole to the floor.

On one hand, he held what looked like the battery that powered the machine.

His creation became known months after yet another Nigerian kid did something similar but with a different body design that mimics the real ATM.

Meanwhile, TUKO.co.ke earlier reported how a 14-year-old Nigerian boy, named Praise Kelechi, showed off his improvisational skill of using cartons to create robots and other superhero costumes.

In an interview with BBC, the boy, while, displaying the Iron Man suit replica he made, said he was worked on it before the lockdown but had more time to perfect it as school was on a forced holiday.

He gave this piece of advice:

“I want to tell the world that no matter how rich or poor you may be, you can still be whatever you want to be and do whatever you want. It does not matter the resources available or not, you can just be who you are.”

by Tuko.co.ke


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Shock as Kenyan man “marries himself” after fiancée dumps him 2 days to their planned wedding

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A man in Nairobi has married himself in an extravagant and unique ceremony after his fiancée broke up with him. Johnson Mathews and his fiancée, Nelly Burare got engaged in November last year and they were scheduled to get married this month.

However, Nelly decided to call off the relationship after a series of arguments over unverified cheating allegations. While such a situation would typically mean the cancellation of the planned wedding party, Johnson decided he would go ahead with the wedding as planned.

The 33-year-old decided to marry himself instead. He hosted a fancy wedding party on November, 17 at a luxury resort in the outskirts of Nairobi. Only 50, people attended the unusual ceremony but Johnson described it as one of the happiest days of his life.

“Today is one of the happiest days of my life since I am with the people I love the most in this life, celebrating what could have been a tragedy, but I turned it into some sort of comedy comedy,” he said. He thanked all the people whose support helped him overcome a low phase of his life.

One of his close friends adviced him to contact herbalist Wema Kamaliza, a relationship expert to help him reconcile with his fiancee if he was not ready to let it go. “I love Nelly so much and since she said it was over, to be honest, my life changed, it became a nightmare,” he said.

Five days after he contacted the herbalist Nelly contacted him for a possible reconciliation, they sorted out their problems and the two have since fixed another date for their wedding.

-Tuko.co.ke


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