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Tragic 'Shay' (16) dreamt of becoming soccer star


Shetemi Ayetigbo collapsed yesterday afternoon

Shetemi Ayetigbo collapsed yesterday afternoon

Shetemi Ayetigbo collapsed yesterday afternoon

The young teen who died after collapsing at a soccer match in Dublin on Sunday had dreams of becoming a professional footballer.

Shetemi Ayetigbo, affectionately known as 'Shay' by his team mates - collapsed during a break in play while his team Belvedere FC were playing St Kevin's Boys FC on Sunday afternoon. Despite efforts to revive the 16-year-old, he couldn't be saved.

Among the visitors to the family home last night was Richard Oyewole (53), founder of the African-Irish Sports Association.

"I was at the hospital yesterday where they brought Shetemi. He was a very dedicated guy. He loved football so much. His mother took him to training three times a week. His family were very proud of him. He was so talented he would have become a professional footballer. It's a terrible loss," he said.

Leaders from the Church that the family attends on Dublin's Long Mile Road were also in attendance at the house to lend their support.


Shepherd of the Celestial Church of Christ, Paul Enahoro said that Shetemi was "a great example to young people everywhere.

"He brought honour to his school and to his community.

"His dream was to become a great footballer. His death is very tragic and a terrible shock."

He said the Nigerian family came to Ireland around 17 years ago. Shetemi grew up in Donabate, living in the Ballisk Court estate for many years with his brothers Walle and Victor and their mother Lola. They moved to the College Court area around two years ago.

Another church leader, Superior Evangelist Michael Afolalu travelled from Mullingar to be with the family.

"I've known Shetemi's mother for 20 years. Shetemi was a very good boy. Everybody admired him. His name Shetemi means 'God has done mine'," he said.

The church leaders said that funeral arrangements had not yet been finalised last night.

Irish Independent