Former Bidvest Wits striker Thulani Ngcepe has recovered from being shot twice
Posted: 14 June 2017 Time: 19:35
Former youth international forward Thulani Ngcepe has recovered from the gun shot injuries he suffered last year in an attempted hijacking and is ready to make yet another comeback next season.
Ngcepe was last on the books at Bidvest Wits during the 2015/16 season after having been out of the game for a couple of years.
“I am glad that I have now recovered, I’m back doing full training and ready to get back into the game yet again,” Ngcepe tells KickOff.com.
Ngcepe was a victim of crime in November last year in his neighbourhood of Tsakane.
“I was shot twice in the stomach in November last year and was then admitted to hospital for a month. Truth be told I am lucky to be alive.
“What happened was that I was driving here in Tsakane and then this guy just came out of the blue and shot at me. The car then rolled and as I was down I then pretended to be already dead fearing that he would fire another shot. Strangely, he just took my phone and left without even taking my wallet, which had money.
”I now have a big scar running from my chest to my pelvis as I had to do an operation. Luckily nothing was affected though I initially struggled when I came out of hospital during the time when I used crutches.
“I didn’t even know that I was shot at twice. It was only after I got to hospital that I was told I was shot twice. I have now been training again and seriously need to get back into the game again.
“I am 27 now and need to push harder than before. Being the strong believer that I have always been I will fight my way back again. Everything happens for a reason in life and while there are those that have already written me off like they had done the last time before I went to Wits I am still positive. A lot of people here in Tsakane have already dismissed me but that is how I gain my inspiration,” explains Ngcepe.
Ngcepe broke through into professional football as a teenager a decade ago playing for Moroka Swallows, SuperSport United, University of Pretoria, Atlie FC before returning to play for Wits.