Richards Bay FC Coach Relives Captain Siphamandla Mtolo's Last Moments

Richards Bay FC Coach Relives Captain Siphamandla Mtolo's Last Moments

Keba Mothoagae
March 9, 2023 at 5:42 PM
  • The death of Siphamandla Mtolo has stung the local football fraternity
  • The Richards Bay FC midfielder collapsed and passed on during training
  • His coach has relived the last few moments of 'Spepe's' life with sadness

Richards Bay FC coach, Vasili Manousakis is a heartbroken man.

He and the players witnessed tragedy as Siphamandla 'Spepe' Mtolo collapsed and died while the team was practicing.

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Vasili Manousakis, co-coach of Richards Bay FC, has recalled the final moments of Siphamandla Mtolo's life. Image source: @RichardsBayFC_.
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Reliving captain Mtolo's last moments, the coach told Sport24:

"The players were unbelievable, the entire squad, everyone. They were there, taking off his potency socks and whatever was needed, passing water, ice, whatever the frontier required at that time. We didn't even blink, and the team manager had his car on the field because, obviously, there was a massive risk in waiting for the arrival of the ambulance."

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"This was all precaution at this stage, and obviously, on the way to the hospital, the rest they say is hard to say."

For context, the Rich Boyz were in the final minutes of a 15-minute-long closing training drill before heading to the showers when 'Spepe' collapsed.

Club general manager, Jeffery Fakude was the one who rushed him to the hospital in his car after Nkosinathi Mthembu, the team physio, had done his best to stabilise Mtolo after the incident.

The Premier Soccer League said in a statement that all matches this week would hold a minute of silence for Mtolo, IOL reported.

Pirates superfan Dejan Miladinovic dies

Sports Brief also reported that in other tragic news, Orlando Pirates superfan, Dejan Miladinovic has passed away.

The Serbian national became a popular figure for religiously attending fixtures of the Bucaneers and Bafana Bafana.

Miladinovic had been admitted to the Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital a month earlier for an unknown ailment.

Ivorian footballer collapses and dies

Sports Brief also reported it was a weekend of sadness and mourning for the football fraternity of the Ivory Coast.

During a MTN Ligue 1 match between Racing Club Abidjan and Sol FC, Moustapha Sylla collapsed on the pitch.

The defender later succumbed to the medical emergency, which was later confirmed to have been a heart attack.

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