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The family of Kenyan man who died during world cup match speaks

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By Wanja Waweru

The family of a guy who allegedly fell inside one of the stadiums hosting the current World Cup games and died in Qatar says they are now looking for closure on the circumstances surrounding their loved one’s passing.

After falling on December 10 and suffering injuries, John Njau Kibe, 24, passed away on Tuesday, December 13.

Sam Njau, Kibe’s uncle, said that his nephew had just concluded his shift after the quarterfinal game between Argentina and the Netherlands and was handing over to the following shift when the tragic tragedy took place.

According to Mr. Njau, Kibe was treated there till his unfortunate death after being transported to a hospital.

“He fell on Saturday after the match between Argentina and Netherlands. They were changing shifts. He was admitted at Hamad Hospital and died yesterday,” he said on Wednesday.

Njau recalls Kibe’s last moments, saying that he was in a celebratory mood since he was supporting Argentina, which won the match.

“The sister was in communication with him. He talked with her upto the last minute on WhatsApp before he went to hand over,” he said.

He points out that neither the family nor any official communications have been made regarding the nature of the fall.

“We are still in the dark about what happened. There are some people who were following up but a formal communication has not been made to us,” he noted.

“No one has reached out formally to us, but the Kenyan embassy has taken up the matter.”

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But they add that they won’t accuse the employer of their loved one’s accident until they get all the facts.

“As of now we are not blaming the employer or anyone just that the parents are distraught,” he said.

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