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TALES OF COURAGE: I lost my leg but found a new calling

Friday July 28 2017

David Opati Etale, 31,lost the ability to use

David Opati Etale, 31,lost the ability to use his leg eight years ago, to a roadside bomb while in a combat vehicle in Afghanistan while he served in the British Army. PHOTOS| COURTESY 

By STELLA CHERONO
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Football was always his passion and he played as a striker in the Kenya Premier League for Tusker Football Club and others, but he never imagined how it would really feel if he lost the most vital part of his body that enabled him to play.

David Opati Etale, 31, lost the ability to use his leg eight years ago, to a roadside bomb while in a combat vehicle in Afghanistan while he served in the British Army.

Yet, though the trauma in the transition period almost led him to suicide, he found a new passion in coaching young people who want to play the game.

PREMONITION OF DOOM

“On October 18th, 2009, I woke up in particularly low spirits. We went on patrol and we were attacked by Taliban militants in a fight that saw us engage them in a fire exchange for two hours.

“When everything went silent, we decided to drive back to our base but somewhere along the way, our vehicle hit an Improvised Explosive Device (IED),” he says.