Kenya’s rugby union side Menengai Oilers have lost their dependable and utility Antony Kibet after he succumbed to stab wounds following an attack by unknown assailants.
In a statement released by Oilers through their social media platforms, Kibet was in the company of his teammate En route to their respective homes after watching a football fixture when the gang pounced on them stabbing them several times
The other player alongside Kibet identified as ‘Bobo’ survived the heinous act and is currently recuperating at a local hospital in Nakuru.
“Menengai Oilers Rugby Club would like to report that one of our players has succumbed to stab wounds following an attack by unknown assailants last night. The player was in the company of another, who is now receiving medical attention at a local hospital,” a statement by the Oilers read in part.
The club assured its fans that the injured player was in stable condition and is currently helping the police in providing relevant information that would help establish the motive of the attack.
“We would to report that the injured player is in stable condition and cooperating with the police to provide any information that would help establish the motive of the attack and lead to the arrest of the unknown persons involved,” the statement further read.
The sad incident has left both the club management and other players baffled as the motive of the attack by a suspected thug running on a motorcycle is yet to be known.
The Police are investigating the attack and will release a full report in due course with the club also expected to provide more info as soon as possible.
Kibet was a regular player for the Nakuru-based club coached by former Shujaa legend Gibson Weru.
His teammates have described Kibet as a dedicated, hard-working, and disciplined player who played a key role in many of the Oiler’s major victories.
He will be remembered for his powerful run back in 2019 during the Menengai Oilers RFC win at the Great Rift 10-Aside champions.
Oilers achieved the feat after dismissing defending champions Homeboyz 10-0 in a hard-fought final at Nakuru Athletic Club.
Kibet touched down for the Oilers after three minutes of play to the pleasure of their fans, who cheered them all through the tournament.
The deceased will be missed in the rugby circles, especially on the Oilers bandwagon.
The oilers have impressed many with their brand of rugby this past season that saw them claim a runner’s position in last season’s Kenya Cup leaving head coach Gibson Weru a proud man.
The Nakuru-based club managed to stage one of the biggest upsets in recent Kenya Cup seasons after eliminating eight-time Kenya Cup champions KCB RFC at the semi-final hurdle.