Dead at rugby practise

2010-11-08 00:00

TRAGEDY struck on Saturday morning when a nineteen-year-old rugby player collapsed and died during practice at the Douglas Mitchell Sports ground outside Margate.

A post-mortem later revealed that a heart attack was the likeliest cause of death.

Moosa Ibrahim Hoosen, who lived with his grandparents in Harding, was training to become a part of an under-19 Ugu side that would participate in the Kwanaloga Games in Richards Bay in December.

At around 10 am on Saturday morning, Hoosen was on the sidelines having a rest from the training session when his heart stopped beating and he died.

“He was not even on the field playing when it happened,” said a visibly shaken Juan van den Berg, one of the Ugu team coaches at Douglas Mitchell who was facilitating the session.

Van den Berg recalled that a phone call was made to the last number dialled on Moosa’s cell phone.

Hoosen’s grandmother was alerted of the situation and arrived at Douglas Mitchell to identify the body.

The family’s doctor declared Hoosen dead at the scene and ruled out any possibility of foul play, saying that the death was a result of natural causes.

The post-mortem was conducted at around 2 pm on Saturday afternoon which further reinforced that natural causes were what lead to Hoosen going into cardiac arrest. It is unknown whether or not Hoosen had a history of heart defects.

President of the Southern KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union (SKZNRU) Juno Fourie said that what happened on Saturday was extremely sad.

“Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and we are extremely sorry,” he said. “We did everything we could.”

Immediately after the incident happened, paramedics at the field attempted to resuscitate Hoosen, but were unable to do so.

A gathering was held for Hoosen yesterday where the Muslim community lent their support to the grieving family.

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