Manchester United have honoured slain South African musician AKA with a heart-warming tribute to him in their FA Cup match programme.
AKA was shot six times outside a restaurant in Florida Road, Durban on Friday 10 February and was declared dead on the scene by Durban police.
Forbes was not alone when he was killed, he was with his friend Tebello Tibz Motsoane – who was also shot and killed. The rapper’s bodyguard had been wounded.
AKA was a big Manchester United supporter and with Benni McCarthy being South African and also from the Cape Flats like the rapper, he always hyped up the soccer legend on his social media platforms. One could say AKA was the vocal lead singer of the Benni McCarthy praise entourage.
Hours before his death, the musician shared one of Manchester United’s Instagram post celebrating McCarthy, who he was close friends with on his own Instagram stories.
Manchester United played against West Ham in the fifth round of the FA Cup and mentioned AKA in the obituary section of their Match Programme for the match at Old Trafford this past Wednesday.
“We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Kiernan Forbes — otherwise known as ‘AKA’ — a rapper and United supporter from South Africa, at the age of just 35. He was a huge Red, and greatly adored by so many. Our thoughts are with his family and many loved ones,” read Manchester United’s tribute to Super Mega.
On Friday, McCarthy shared two photos on his Instagram stories, in praise of Manchester United’s classy tribute to his hometown friend.
This first photo he posted is the cover of the Manchester United Match Programme, which McCarthy captioned: “FA Cup Match Programme with a nice mention for my brother AKA.”