It is with deep sorrow that AmaZulu FC announces that Bonginkosi Ntuli has died after losing his battle against a severe form of cancer at the age of 32.
The heartbreaking news of Ntuli’s passing was officially confirmed on Sunday, following his hospitalization a few weeks ago.
The club released a poignant statement expressing their grief:
“With heavy hearts, we regretfully inform you of the untimely departure of our beloved center-forward and loyal servant, Bonginkosi Ntuli. He was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer that eventually spread and claimed his life at the Midlands Medical Centre Private Hospital in Pietermaritzburg this afternoon.”
A Request for Privacy during this Difficult Time
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The club’s press statement emphasized the importance of respecting the family’s privacy as they go through this period of mourning:
“Our thoughts are with him as we hope his beautiful soul finds eternal peace. We kindly request that his family and friends be given the space and time they need during this difficult period. Further updates will follow in the coming days.”
A Recent Wedding and Life Beyond Football
Aside from his achievements on the football pitch, Bonginkosi Ntuli recently celebrated a momentous occasion in his life by marrying the club’s CEO, Sinenjabulo Zungu, in a lavish wedding ceremony held in September. Sinenjabulo Zungu is the daughter of AmaZulu FC’s owner and president, Sandile Zungu.
In addition to his time with AmaZulu, Ntuli had a colourful career, representing Golden Arrows, Mamelodi Sundowns, and Platinum Stars throughout his journey in professional football.
A Rising Star in South African Football
Bonginkosi Ntuli’s journey in professional football commenced with Golden Arrows, where he made the transition from the reserve team to become one of the most sought-after forwards between 2012 and 2014, owing to his extraordinary goal-scoring prowess.
Although he later joined Mamelodi Sundowns, one of South Africa’s top football clubs, his time there was filled with challenges due to fierce competition, preventing him from achieving the breakthrough he had aspired to attain.