He was rushed to hospital by his father, who was there watching the match. But he was pronounced dead.
“This has never happened to me before in all my years of coaching,” Neville Bell, the coach for the team, said. He was quite emotional as he gathered the players bag and other things together.
Portia Simpson Miller, Leader of the Opposition and Lisa Hanna, Opposition Spokesperson on Youth:
Both expressed their condolences to his parents, team mates and the whole school community. Ms. Hanna said. “It’s shocking particularly because we’ve seen him really have the kind of camaraderie and school spirit and has been a beacon of strength for his team.” He has performed well. It must be really devastating for his team-mates and the school when your captain goes down in battle. But what a serious metaphor of life for him to actually be captaining his team and in doing what he loves, his life leaves him. I want to express condolences to his parents, to his friends, to his colleagues, and to the school, and pray that through this time, they will seek comfort in whatever way possible.
The game came to an end and now there are discussions about what will happen next. How will they move forward without their captain, as he was such a very important member of their team. He was an only child who was good at everything he did. And his passing is very hard for everyone who knew him, to deal with. So hard to see a teenager pass away, just when he is doing so well and he was getting ready to have a bright future as a footballer and also in his academic prowess.
St George’s coach devastated after schoolboy footballer collapses, dies