Footballer Is Fighting For His Life After Being Struck By Lightning During Match
Maritzburg United striker Luyanda Ntshangase is reportedly in an induced coma after being struck by lightning during a friendly match with SAB League side Arsenal in Pietermaritzburg.
Ntshangase, who is a South African youth international, was rushed to hospital where he was placed in the coma.
Earlier today, Maritzburg coach Fadlu Davids asked people to pray for the 21-year-old after the bizarre incident occurred.
"He is still in ICU. We are asking the whole football fraternity to please pray for him so he can make a speedy recovery." he said via Kick Off.
Maritzburg United striker, Luyanda Ntshangase, struck by a lightning during practice last week, and is currently battling to recovery in hospital. #GoalKick pic.twitter.com/Mr2Od3CWsS
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Kick Off also report that Arsenal trio Samkelo Nzimande, Ncebo Ngcobo and Njabulo Madlala were also knocked unconscious when the lightning struck.
"There were three other players who were struck by lightning but they are fine now after they were treated in hospital. They've been discharged," Arsenal coach Mondli Dlamini said.
"We were not aware and the weather just changed, and when it rained it was also thunderstorming. When the referee was about to call off the game then the lightning struck. I also don't remember very well what happened because I also saw other players on the floor after the thunderstorm.
"When we took them off the field they were unconscious and they only woke up when they were in hospital. But their situation was not as bad as first feared."
"We hope that the whole football fraternity keeps him their prayers at this very difficult and crucial time."
Maritzburg United's Luyanda Ntshangase is in an induced coma after being struck by lightning. So sad. https://t.co/LvjZKsE6FB
- Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) March 5, 2018
Club operator Quintin Jettoo also told website Soccer Laduma: "We hope that the whole football fraternity keeps him their prayers at this very difficult and crucial time.
"Luyanda is still in [the] hospital, and we will only know more this week. We're hoping for the best, and know that the thoughts of South African football fans are with him."
We really appreciate your support and value the awareness in asking the football fraternity to pray for him :pray:- Quintin Jettoo (@jetfooty) March 5, 2018
We wish Luyanda all the best in his recovery.