Mzansi Mourns As Premiership Footballer Collapses And Dies During Training
Mzansi is mourning the sudden death of a premiership footballer who collapsed during training.
On Tuesday morning, 29-year-old Siphamandla Mtolo died after he collapsed during practice with his team, Richards Bay Football Club.
The club took to social media to announce the tragic death of Siphamandla Mtolo:
“It is with deep sadness to announce that Richards Bay Football Club has untimely lost one of its midfielders, Siphamandla’ Spepe’ Mtolo, who collapsed during training.
“The club is not in a position to provide further information at this stage and asks that his family’s privacy is respected during this difficult time of bereavement.
“His presence both on and off the pitch will be sorely missed.”
Sundowns and CAF President also express sadness following the PSL footballer’s death.
“It is with profound sadness that I learned of the passing on of Siphamadla Mtolo, a player of Richards Bay Football Club, who collapsed during a Richards Bay Football Club training session on Tuesday, March 7 2023, in South Africa.
“Please pass my personal and CAF’s deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and the entire Premier Soccer League Family. May God comfort you, the Premier Soccer League, his family, friends, and colleagues during this sad period.”
On March 4, 2023, Mtolo played his last game for the club against Kaizer Chiefs. He played the game for 90 minutes.
The midfielder was crucial in helping Uthongathi FC gain promotion from the ABC Motsepe League to the DSTV Premiership in 2020. Afterward, he moved to Richards Bay and became the team’s captain.
Mtolo could only play six games for his team this year, having suffered a long-term injury. Sadly, he died before he could play more, leaving Mzansi mourning.
On Saturday, February 11, a special memorial service will be held at the Nkobongo Community Hall in Shakaskraal, KZN, to commemorate the life of Siphamandla Mtolo.