Family, friends, supporters and former teammates paid tribute to goalkeeper Edwin Boakai at his resident in Wroto town overnight rughtly three weeks after he collapse and died at the team practice pitch in Gardnersville, Monrovia.
TRIBUTES have been flooding in for the goalkeeper who is Alleged to have tragically died from a suspected heart attack.
Liberian football was shocked when the sad news came from medical staffs at the Redemption Hospital in Duala Monrovia that they had been unable to revive the 28-year-old after he collapsed on the training pitch during his team regular practice Session.
“It is something that I still cannot understand or accept because it hurts so much,”Dusty Theo His teammate, who was in tears said. He continue that Boakai dropped after making a saved.
“He came for practice and appeared well, that morning but when he saved a ball, he dropped and I rushed to him, because I was the closest to him, that’s how I called the medics. He was very helpless after he dropped. His hands and entire body became stiff.”
“I don’t think he was sick; the only thing I know he has not been playing regularly,” theo told Liberian Sports international.
Edwin’s Boakai affectionate known as Zolo father could not control his emotions as he broke down in tears after his son’s coffin was brought to the Brewerville Cementry for burial.
The former Invincible Eleven (IE) goalkeeper Edwin Boakai body was finally laid to rest after family members, football fans, administrators and lovers of the game gathered to pay their respect to the late NPA Anchor goalkeeper during his funeral rites at the St. Moses funeral parlors in Monrovia and was laid to rest on Friday at the Brewerville Cemetery.
The Liberia football Association (LFA) was represented by deputy secretary-general John Bonah, who paid tribute.
Boakai collapsed during a training session and was pronounced dead by doctors on arrival at the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town on 17 June 2019.
He had been with NPA Anchors for closed to four seasons and also played for sunshine yellow boys Invincible Eleven (IE).
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the club and his family. May the soul of your Edwin Boakai be at peace with our Heavenly Father,” said LFA President Mustapha Raji on behalf of the executive committee and staff of the LFA.
May God grant Edwin and all faithful departed eternal rest, amen. the Liberia football Association noted in a special condolence message.
The exact cause of death has not been disclosed, but it is believed to be heart failure.
The former Invincible Eleven (IE) number one stopper was one of the key players in the NPA squad this season.
The sudden death of Edwin Boakai now brings to two the number of sportsmen’s death in just four months following the death of Referee Lackey Massaquoi, who died during a physical test for referees in March of 2019.
The late Edwin Boakai has never been capped by the Liberia National team but is only on card to have train with the LONE STAR.