6 May 2018 – The South African Football Association (SAFA) has joined millions of football fans around the country in conveying their condolences for the passing on of Maritzburg United striker, Luyanda Ntshangase.

The player was struck by lightning during a match back in March – and had been hospitalized ever since.

Unfortunately he lost the battle and passed away on Friday, 4 May 2018.

The 21-year old made his debut for the KwaZulu Natal outfit two seasons ago against Kaizer Chiefs.

“The South African Football Association would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the Ntshangase family for their loss. We would also like to wish strength to his teammates at Maritzburg United, friends, relatives and fans around the country during these trying times. May his soul rest in peace,” said SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble.

“This is a really sad moment for the football family as we at SAFA had also just lost one of our own, NEC member Mzimkhulu Ndlelo, whom we laid to rest this weekend. It is especially more difficult for the club who recently lost two players in car accidents not so long ago – midfielders Mondli Cele and Mlondi Dlamini in 2016 and 2017 respectively. We ask the Almighty to comfort them during this period.”

Ntshangase had risen through the club’s ranks and had a promising career. He was also called up to the South African U20 Men’s National Team (Amajita).

“It’s sad loss to football because Luyanda had great potential. It is unfortunate that South Africa has been robbed of such good talent. On behalf of Amajita, I would like to send our deepest condolences to the family of Luyanda, Maritzburg United FC, friends and relatives. Our prayers and thoughts are with them during these difficult times,” said Thabo Senong, Amajita head coach.

Funeral arrangements are still being finalised.

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