Kenya: Former Sofapaka Midfielder Passes Away After Battle With Cancer

Nairobi β€” Former Sofapaka midfielder Wisdom Naya has succumbed to complications that arose from the amputation of his leg due to a cancerous tumor on his knee.

Naya was pronounced dead on Friday morning at a Kitale hospital where he had been rushed to on Thursday night with breathing complications.

The youngster was amputated in January this year in India after he got diagnosed with cancerous soft-tissue Sarcoma in December 2020.

He started off his medication in Kenya with several chemotherapy sessions part of which was financed by his former club, before he was referred to India, where his leg was to be amputated to get rid of the cancerous section.

However, after return, he had complications until he rested on Friday morning.

The midfielder was signed by Sofapaka straight from High School after impressing for Kitale-based St. Anthony’s High School, helping them to the 2018 Copa Cocacola U16 title and was also a key figure for the side as they won the senior title in 2019.

The Kenyan football sphere was united in mourning the youngster, taken before his flower could bloom.


We are suddened to have lost our former midfielder Wisdom Naya. The youngster has passed on due to soft tissue, Sarcoma. Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Naya.

May He Rest well.– Sofapaka FC (@FC_Sofapaka) July 15, 2022

Condolences to friends and family of Wisdom Naya.

May he rest in peace.– Kariobangi Sharks FC (@k_sharksfc) July 15, 2022

We join the @FC_Sofapaka family in mourning the demise of their former player Wisdom Naya.

Sad to see such a young talent swept away by the big enemy that is cancer.

We pray for comfort for his dear friends and family.– πŸ†Tusker FC (@tusker_fc) July 15, 2022

Former Sofapaka FC midfielder Wisdom Naya has passed on.

Naya succumbed to complications that arose from the amputation he underwent in India after he got diagnosed with soft tissue, Sarcoma.#FKFPL– Ole Teya (@Kevin_teya) July 15, 2022

Rest well .@NayahWisdom πŸ˜₯πŸ’”πŸ’”– maβš’sh (@lucas_maish) July 15, 2022


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