Drighlington Under-10s hold football tournament in memory of Josef

Josef Kazzan

Josef Kazzan

First published in News

Teammates of a schoolboy who died in a tragic accident have held a football tournament to raise money in his memory.

An inquest last month heard how his parents and medics fought a frantic battle to save Josef Kazzan’s life after he became entangled in a play rope in the garden of his home in Woodlands Drive, Cleckheaton.

A pupil of St Patrick’s Primary School, Birstall, Josef was a star player with Drighlington Under-10s, which held a five-a-side football competition to raise money for a charity chosen by Josef’s family.

Simon Duckworth, secretary of Drighlington Under-10s, said the winners were presented with the Josef Kazzan Memorial Trophy.

He said the club hoped the competition, which raised about £500, would become an annual event.

He said: “It was an emotional day, especially because all of his family where there as well. There isn’t a day goes by when I don’t think about it. I see his dad Ahmed quite a lot because his youngest son is starting up at the club as well.

“The club has been left devastated – one minute he’s getting Parents’ Player of the Year and then the next minute everybody’s telling me that has happened.

“It took a lot of people a long time to come to terms with the magnitude of what happened. We are just in complete shock.”

The club is due to present Mr Kazzan with the cheque on Saturday, October, 20.

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