Video: Late Richards Bay FC Captain Siphamandla Mtolo Laid To Rest

Video: Late Richards Bay FC Captain Siphamandla Mtolo Laid To Rest

Keba Mothoagae
March 14, 2023 at 12:14 PM
  • Richards Bay FC captain Siphamandla Mtolo has been laid to rest
  • 'Spepe' died after collapsing while training with the team last week Monday
  • The cause of his death is yet to be revealed as the footballing fraternity comes to terms with his death

Richards Bay FC captain Siphamandla Mtolo has been laid to rest.

He was buried in his hometown of Shakaskraal in the Ilembe District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. 'Spepe', as he was fondly known, collapsed during a practice last week, before dying on the way to the hospital. The cause of his death has not yet been revealed.

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The casket of Siphamandla Mtolo is carried by his teammates. Image source: @duke_robin.
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Speaking during Mtolo's funeral at the Nkobongo Sports Ground on Sunday, teammate Ntsikelelo Nyauza said:

“He was destined for greatness. He had a heart of a lion.”

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Sad Bay goalkeeper Malcolm Jacobs said:

“You’ll forever be in our hearts.”

Chairman of the club Sifiso Biyela added:

“I lost a soldier, he was the heartbeat, an unsung hero, someone who broke the play for us.”

The team's next match will be on Sunday, 19 March when they will travel to Mpumalanga to take on TS Galaxy in a DStv Premiership encounter.

Coach relives Mtolo's last moments

The death of Siphamandla Mtolo has stung the local football fraternity.

The Richards Bay FC midfielder collapsed and passed on during training.

His coach Vasili Manousakis has relived the last few moments of 'Spepe's' life with sadness.

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 Buccaneers 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. Read more:

During an 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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