Footballer fights back

2017-03-15 06:02
Sandile Tshabalala with Dr Danny Jordaan (right) and Dr Marcus Molokomme.Photo: Teboho Setena

Sandile Tshabalala with Dr Danny Jordaan (right) and Dr Marcus Molokomme.Photo: Teboho Setena

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Young footballer Sandile Tshabalala (25) is on the road to recovery after a tragic accident in October last year left him paralysed.

He sustained severe injuries to his spine during a car accident.

Tshabalala is currently undergoing treatment at the Pelonomi Regional Hospital in Bloemfontein. He was admitted to the facility shortly after the accident last year.

Tshabalala and his Diyatalawa FC teammates were heading home to Harrismith after they had played a league fixture against a team from Qwaqwa when the accident occurred.

He was one of the two severely injured casualties.

Due to the severity of their injuries, they were both transferred to the Pelonomi Hospital.

Tshabalala suffered a severe spine injury and will no longer play the game he is so passionate about – he might not even be able to walk again.

On Wednesday (08/03), the delegation of the South African Football Association (Safa), led by Dr Danny Jordaan, president of Safa, paid Tshabalala a special visit. The delegation included local officials Shuping Seboko, Obakeng Molatedi, Mzwandile Maforvane and Klip Moremi.

“One of the things the association must take care of is to support players after and during tragic accidents, such as this of Tshabalala. We must support those who fight for recovery and rehabilitation and encourage them,” said Jordaan.

“I’m happy that Tshabalala is on the road to recovery despite that fact he will not be able to play football again. We should celebrate with them – not only when they make it into the national team or score goals, but also in days when they are alone. They should not be left out. I’m encouraged by his fighting spirit.

“The role of the leadership of the federation in the Free State will go a long way in enabling him to recover,” said Jordaan.

Dr Marcus Molokomme, chief executive of the Pelonomi Hospital (tertiary), said: “He has shown tremendous improvement in terms of reco-very. His attitude is positive and resembles the fighting spirit of a footballer.”

He said the medical team and the nursing staff has not struggled with Tshababala.

“He does not give up easily. Patients with spine injuries take time to recover, but Tshabalala is on the road to recovery. He will be able to do other things that will make his life worth living,” said Molo-komme.

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