South African soccer player, Siphamandla “Spepe” Mtolo, a midfielder for Richards Bay FC in South Africa’s top division, died suddenly on Tuesday after collapsing in training.
“It is with deep sadness to announce that Richards Bay Football club has untimely lost one of the midfielders, Siphamandla ‘Spepe’ Mtolo he collapsed this morning during training,” the team announced on Twitter.
The cause of his death has not yet been revealed.
“The club is not in a position to provide further information at this stage and as that his family’s privacy is respected in this difficult time of bereavement.”
“His presence both on and off the pitch will be solely missed. Thoughts and prayers of everyone in Richards Bay Football Club are with his family, friends and love ones.” the post continued.
South Africa’s Premier Soccer League, also released a statement on Twitter.
“The PSL is deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Richards Bay Football Club midfielder, Siphamandla Mtolo. A moment of silence will be observed in his honour at this week’s Nedbank Cup and DStv Diski Challenge fixtures. May his soul repose peacefully,” the post reads.
The South African Football Association also acknowledged Mtolo’s sudden death in a statement shared online.
The South African Football Association (SAFA) has offered some words of comfort and sympathy to the family of Richards Bay midfielder Siphamandla Mtolo after the midfielder’s passing on Tuesday (7 March 2023)
We as the South African Football Association would like to convey our sincerest condolences, deepest sympathy and heartfelt sorrow to his family, friends and the club during this difficult time.
May his soul rest peace.
Mtolo’s funeral service was held at Nkobongo Sports Ground, in Shakaskraal on Sunday, March 12th.