Raila Donates KSh 500k to Former Sofapaka Player Wisdom Naya Who's Fighting Cancer, Facing Amputation

Raila Donates KSh 500k to Former Sofapaka Player Wisdom Naya Who's Fighting Cancer, Facing Amputation

  • Former Sofapaka player Wisdom Nayah's hopes of getting treated for cancer have been lifted after presidential aspirant Raila Odinga contributed KSh 500k towards his medication
  • The 18-year-old was diagnosed with a thigh tumour known as Soft Tissue Sarcoma, a rare type of cancer
  • Doctors at Mediheal Hospital where Nayah has been receiving treatment have recommended amputation among the top options.

Presidential aspirant Raila Odinga has donated KSh 500,000 to former Sofapaka player Wisdom Naya who is facing amputation due to cancer.

Nayah is an alumnus of St Anthony's Boys Kitale.
Raila (r) donated KSh 500k to enable former Sofapaka player Wisdom Naya (l) to receive medication. Photos: Wisdom Nayah/Raila Odinga.
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The 18-year-old midfielder joined Batoto Ba Mungu during the 2019 January transfer window and signed a three-year contract.

Nayah, who was voted the best player at the 2018 Copa Coca-Cola youth tournament, played a number of games for the club before Kenya's tier one league was suspended as part of the COVID-19 containment measures.

It is during this period that Nayah noticed all was not well while training alone, after which a series of tests revealed that was suffering from a thigh tumour known as Soft Tissue Sarcoma, a rare type of cancer.

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Early this month, his family appealed to well-wishers to chip in financially and help lighten their burden as medical expenses had drained their resources, with doctors at Mediheal Hospital recommending amputation among the top options.

Raila comes through

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has contributed KSh 500,000 towards the ailing midfielder's treatment during a political rally at Laina Moja in Kitale, Trans Nzoia County.

The handshake partner offered assistance after a group of youths from Nayah's backyard came to his rally with placards asking for help for the young player.

"It is unfortunate that such a young talent has been attacked by the deadly disease of cancer. I have supported his medication journey. My government in 2022 once elected will invest heavily on health care," Raila indicated.

The former premier's donation was also topped up with KSh 100,000 from Saboti Member of Parliament Caleb Amisi.

Confident about beating cancer

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Nayah expressed optimism in the fact that he will beat the disease and come back a stronger player despite having been out of action for eight months.

“I know of people who have won this battle. I must return to football,” he said.

The alumnus of St Anthony's Boys Kitale has so far had three chemotherapy sessions that were paid for by Sofapaka's corporate sponsor Betika.

Source: Sports Brief News

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