Nashon Esbrand: Friend organises Market Road football match to help pay for funeral

Nashon Esbrand: Picture: Ange Doua

Nashon Esbrand: Picture: Ange Doua - Credit: Archant

A friend of Nashon Esbrand has organised a memorial football match to help pay for his funeral.

Nashon Esbrand, 27, had celebrated the birth of his daughter the week before he was killed.

Nashon Esbrand, 27, had celebrated the birth of his daughter the week before he was killed. - Credit: Archant

The match, between Nashon’s friends, will take place on October 1 at the Market Road pitches in the Cally. It’s part of a wider fundraising campaign to pay for the funeral: £2,185 had already been raised on a Go Fund Me page as of 11.30am this morning.

Nashon was stabbed to death in Mitchison Road, off Essex Road in Canonbury, on August 24. The 27-year-old had become a dad just a week before. It’s understood his body still hasn’t been released.

Ange Doua, who is organising the match, told the Gazette this morning: “Our whole friendship was based on football. He was a big Manchester United fan, like me, and our last conversation the day before he died was about Zlatan [Ibrahimovic, the legendary striker] staying on for another season.

“The next day, he was dead – I still can’t believe it.

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“I wanted to help raise money for his funeral and I thought: ‘What could be a better way to celebrate his life than holding a football match?’ It’s going to be two sides of people who knew him, and I’m going to get shirts with his name on.”

In a tribute to Nashon last month, Mark Maciver, who runs D and L’s Barber Shop in Hornsey Road, Holloway, said: “He would come into the shop boasting about Man United, rubbing people’s faces in it when they won. He’d be like: ‘What you saying, boys!’”

The match will take place at 2pm. Players will make a £20 donation, with admission to watch the game £5. For more information, call Ange Doua on 07722 158862. To make a donation to the Go Fund Me page, follow this link.

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