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Promising SA footballer who was struck by lightning during match passes on

A promising young South African footballer has died two months after he was struck by lightning during a football match.

Luyanda Ntshangase, 21, who was a fast-rising striker for Maritzburg United was in an induced coma after he got injured during the friendly on March 1.

The passing of the young footballer was posted on Facebook by his club which expressed shock on learning of his demise from his family.

Maritzburg United Club chairman Farook Kadodia expressed devastation by the passing of Ntshangase, who he says was set for a successful football career before his life came to a tragic end on the pitch.

“We are extremely sad about the loss of Luyanda, an exciting young player with enormous potential.

“On behalf of Maritzburg United Football club, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Ntshangase family in their time of bereavement,” said Mr Kadodia.

Ntshangase made his debut when the club faced Kaizer Chiefs two seasons ago.

Maritzburg United plays in South Africa’s Premier League and are currently ranked fourth in the table.

Media reported that the deceased player was one of three players struck by the lightning bolt during the match at KwaZulu-Natal but the other two sustained minor injuries as he suffered burns to his chest.