Schoolboy, 13, collapses on the pitch during a football match and dies in hospital
Samuel Awkasi, 13, was playing for FC Cavaliers on Saturday May 7 and had just scored the first goal of the game when he suddenly collapsed before being pronounced dead in hospital.
Image: Nottinghamshire Live)
Heartbroken family and friends have left touching tributes for a schoolboy who collapsed and died during a football game.
Samuel Awkasi, 13, was playing for FC Cavaliers on Saturday May 7 and had just scored the game’s first goal when he suddenly collapsed.
The ‘inspirational’ youngster received ambulance treatment at the scene before being tragically pronounced dead in hospital, Nottinghamshire Live reports.
A spokesperson for Trinity Catholic School, where Samuel attended, said they were “very deeply grateful to have the privilege of having him with us”.
In a statement, Principal Matt Shentonthe paid tribute and added: “Samuel was a gift to our school community and we are deeply grateful to have the privilege of having him with us. For those who knew Samuel, he was kind. , friendly and very popular young man, Samuel was a talented sportsman who loved life, he loved school and was known for his huge and endearing smile.
“When someone dies, young people may experience many different feelings, such as sadness, bewilderment or anger. Some students may feel shocked and upset by the news, while others may be confused or numb. These reactions are all normal.
“We have sought to support young people at school in a variety of ways, including access to a school counsellor, throughout the day. They may want to speak to you later in the day, and we will continue to to offer such support in the difficult days and months to come.
“The thoughts and prayers of everyone in our school community are with Samuel’s family and friends at this desperately sad time. I will be in touch with the details of how our school will celebrate Samuel’s life.”
The person who created the fundraising page identifies himself as one of Samuel’s relatives. In a statement on the website, the parent wrote: “All who know Samuel describe him as an inspiring young man, a gift to our generation, a laughing hero who touched those around him with love and affection. .
“We can testify that Samuel is a hero and a symbol of love. He brought so much joy to our family and to the world at large. We will forever celebrate his memory.”
His club FC Cavaliers describes him as “highly respected by all members of his team”. In a statement released by the Nottinghamshire FA, a club spokesperson said: “Samuel Akwasi – FC Cavaliers Under-13 player. Samuel has played for FC Cavaliers from the Under-9s until now .
“[He] was highly respected by all members of his team.” The Nottinghamshire FA have sent their condolences to Samuel’s friends, family and team-mates at this extremely difficult time.