Kiyan Singh of uMhlanga died during a match between Riverside and Juventus football clubs’ junior teams on Friday night.
Kiyan was a member of Juventus FC and it is believed he was standing near the goalpost on the sidelines of the Riverside soccer pitch when heavy winds caused the goalpost to fall over.
SAPS spokesperson Nqobile Gwala said an inquest was being investigated by Durban North police.
Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said the paramedics responded to reports of the child sustaining head injuries at around 6pm on Friday night.
“A full advanced life-support resuscitation was initiated but the child’s injuries were too severe and he was sadly declared deceased on the scene,” Herbst said.
Kiyan’s funeral took place late Sunday afternoon at the Claire Estate crematorium.
His father, Sahil Singh, said he was not ready to speak about the incident.
A close family member said they were “completely devastated” and struggling to come to terms with what happened.
The chairperson of Juventus FC, Steven Papini offered his condolences to the family. “May God help and guide you during this dark time. To young, fragile Kiyan, may your young soul rest in peace, our prayers are with you,” he said.
Papini also wished the players and coaches of Juventus FC strength.