At least 5 football players from Kola Beach Football Club died on the spot and dozens were injured after their vehicle was involved in a grisly accident near the Kenyan coastal resort town of Malindi on Sunday.
The players, officials and fans of the club that features in the zonal football league in the region were returning from a match at Marereni area where they lost 2-1 when the accident occurred.
Malindi Base traffic commander, Bernard Ibaya confirmed the incident and said the mini-truck was carrying both the team and its fans at the time of the accident when the driver lost control of the vehicle when swerving to avoid a pot hole.
A witness, Safari Gona, said the ill-fated vehicle collided with a lorry causing the demise of 5 with 30 others sustaining injuries and were rushed to Malindi District Hospital.
Gona said some of those who died were thrown out of the truck due to the impact.
"The players were singing songs of joy as they were travelling back but their joy was cut short in the fatal accident," Gona told Xinhua by telephone.
Following the tragedy, FKF president, Sam Nyamweya, was among the first to condole with the families of the relatives and friends of the bereaved.
"It is a great loss to the football fraternity and I am calling upon the government to assist the families of the deceased in which ever way possible," said Nyamweya.
"I would also like to advise all football clubs travelling for away fixtures to ensure that they use vehicles that are mechanically sound and which are fully insured so that we don't lose anymore lives of our players and officials," he added.