Tragic Loss of Promising Soccer Player Lesiba Ramabulana
In a heartbreaking turn of events, Lesiba Ramabulana, a talented 21-year-old soccer player who had recently signed with the Mamelodi Sundowns’ Developmental team, met with a tragic fate.
Ramabulana was struck by lightning while walking in a park in Seshego Zone 1, Limpopo, accompanied by a friend who also suffered the same unfortunate fate. Although both were rushed to the hospital, Ramabulana, sadly, did not survive, as reported by the Review Online. His friend, fortunately, survived the lightning strike.
Ramabulana was a well-known figure in his community, celebrated for his exceptional footballing skills. His signing with Mamelodi Sundowns had brought hope and excitement to his local area. His sudden and untimely passing has sent shockwaves through the community, prompting the intervention of Limpopo’s MEC for Social Development, who deployed social workers to provide support.
It is worth noting that, following this tragic incident, some members of the community have expressed belief in the involvement of witchcraft, a notion not uncommon in the region, which is known for its association with such practices in South Africa.
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Lesiba Ramabulana’s unfortunate fate is not an isolated incident in the world of soccer. In a previous report by the BBC, Maritzburg United striker Luyanda Ntshangase also lost his life due to a lightning strike during a game. Ntshangase had been placed in an induced coma following the incident but eventually succumbed to his injuries.
In another deeply distressing development within the local football scene, Melusi Buthelezi, a promising goalkeeper for TS Galaxy, found himself hospitalized after a harrowing incident involving a hijacking and stabbing over the weekend, as reported by Sports Brief.
Buthelezi and his brother were returning from visiting their ailing mother when they were ambushed and hijacked by a group of individuals, as detailed by Times Live. This unfortunate incident occurred at a petrol station in the township.
The 23-year-old Buthelezi, who had yet to concede a goal in top-flight football, had showcased his talent in the past three games for TS Galaxy. His breakthrough moment came in a match against Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup, where Galaxy emerged victorious.
He then went on to secure clean sheets against Swallows and AmaZulu as well, earning recognition for his skills and potential in the world of football.
In summary, the untimely loss of Lesiba Ramabulana, a promising young soccer player, has cast a shadow over the community and the football world. His tragic fate serves as a painful reminder of the unpredictability of life’s challenges.
Furthermore, the unfortunate incidents involving lightning strikes and violent hijackings have left the local football community mourning and reflecting on the fragility of life, emphasizing the need for support and solidarity during such trying times.