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Family request for lightning-struck player

Posted: 12 April 2018 Time: 16:30

The family of the Maritzburg United player who was hit by lightning have requested that they be given privacy during this difficult time.

Midfielder Luyanda Ntshangase, a product of the club’s development structures, was struck down during a friendly match against SAB
League side Arsenal in Pietermaritzburg last month.

Three Arsenal players - Samkelo Nzimande, Ncebo Ngcobo and Njabulo Madlala – were also hospitalised but have since been discharged.

Ntshangase, however, has been in an induced coma and it’s unclear when he will be back playing football. His coach Fadlu Davids recently requested that South Africa prays for the junior international, who has represented the national Under-20 team under coach Thabo Senong.

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A Maritzburg official, who wished to remain anonymous, says the family of the 21-year-old has pleaded for privacy.

"At the moment we can't give an exact update, but his family has pleaded for privacy,” the club official told KickOff.com.

Ntshangase, a hard-working midfielder, has only made two appearances for the Team of Choice this season.

Maritzburg, meanwhile, will next take on Baroka FC in an Absa Premiership tie at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday (15h00).

Article by: Ernest Fakude

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