I attempted suicide twice-the touching story of ex Kenyan footballer

He lost his leg while on military duty in 2009.


The 31-year old sports enthusiast played for KCB and Kenyan Premier League side Tusker before moving to Britain in 2006 where he joined the country’s military.

Three years later, while on duty in Afghanistan, Etale drove on Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and lost his left leg. He suffered from depression thereafter and attempted suicide twice as he has vividly explained on his social media page.

“So around 6pm (on 18th October 2009) the Taliban started shooting. The next two hours was intense. Gun fire, shooting and what have you. Then it kind of became quiet and we started our journey back to our base. I drove into an IED. Bang! It had been planted by the Taliban and my mind and memory went blank.

“The next thing I remember; in hospital bed, injuries everywhere, too much pain and depressed. I had seen friends die in action and even lose limbs in the war but I couldn't reconcile and even imagine all that could happen to me.....but here I was.

“Amputation, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression coupled with lots of negative thought I attempted suicide twice. I was out on suicide watch and labeled a high risk patient.”

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Etale retired from British military in 2017 and is now a motivational speaker.


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