SA Footballer Dies After Collapsing In Training

By Staff Reporter

South Africa Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Richards Bay has confirmed the death of defensive midfielder and club captain Siphamandla Mtolo who is said to have collapsed in training on Tuesday.

Mtolo (29) was part of the squad and played the entire match against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

A statement without giving much detail said the defensive midfielder collapsed during training.

“It is with deep sadness to announce that Richards Bay Football Club has untimely lost one of its midfielders, Siphamandla ‘Spepe’ Mtolo, [who] collapsed this morning 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. Thoughts and prayers from everyone at Richards Bay Football Club are with his family, friends and loved ones,” read the statement

The PSL expressed their condolences after the player’s passing on Tuesday.

“The Premier Soccer League is deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Richards Bay Football Club midfielder, Siphamandla Mtolo,” the PSL said in a statement.

“A moment of silence will be observed in his honour at this week’s Nedbank Cup and Diski Challenge fixtures.

“The PSL sends heartfelt condolences to the Mtolo family, Richards Bay FC, and the football fraternity at large.

“May his soul repose peacefully.”

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