The local football fraternity is mourning the demise of a National Super League player at the hands of his girlfriend on Tuesday afternoon.
Kelvin Mugalla Ikatwa, 25, a university student and midfielder at third-tier football side Wazito FC, was allegedly stabbed by Sheila Atema with a kitchen knife at her house in Kangemi Trench following a spat that had spilled onto social media.
“When the Police arrived, they found the man already dead and the woman was sitting next to the body of the deceased. He had been stabbed in the neck and the knife was also found at the scene,” Nairobi County Police Commander Japheth Koome confirmed.
The body has been taken to the Chiromo Mortuary awaiting post-mortem as the police conduct investigations. The young couple is said to have been involved in a quarrel after Mugalla uploaded a picture of a different woman on his Facebook wall. Wazito FC team manager, Francis Xavier, described Mugalla as a quality and professional footballer who had what it takes to play for the national team.
“This is a huge loss. We were depending on him to drive our midfield this season. I think he was on the verge of a breakthrough to a Kenyan Premier League team. In a season or two, he would have been Harambee Stars material,” Xavier, who featured prominently for both AFC Leopards and Harambee Stars during his active playing days, noted.
Condolences to the late Mugalla’s family were also shared by Sports Commissioner Gordon Oluoch and FKF boss Nick Mwendwa. Olouch said: “I advise the youth to seek advice on their social problems from older siblings, close relatives and religious leaders. In the worse case scenario you can quit the relationship.”
Mwendwa added: “It is sad to learn of this incident about a promising footballer. My condolences to his family on behalf of the football family.”