It’s not long ago when the sports fraternity lost two important personalities in tragic incidences. Outstanding 27- year- old South African National football captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa died after being shot by thugs at his girlfriend’s place in an attempted burglary on 27 October 2014. Meyiwa also played for Orlando Pirates in the local league.
On 27 November 2014 Australia Test batsman Phillip Hughes died after being hit by a ball at the back of his neck and died two days later. He was hit by a delivery from bowler Sean Abbott and never regained consciousness.
Now the world is mourning yet another star lost in a tragic accident. Wolfsburg’s Junior Malanda died aged 20 in a car crash in Germany yesterday media reports indicate.
The Belgium Under-21 midfielder had made 15 appearances for the German Bundesliga side this season, including against Everton in the Europa League.
Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs said in a statement: “We are all deeply saddened and our disbelief can hardly be put into words.”
“We can’t believe he is no longer with us. Our thoughts at this difficult time are with his family and loved ones.”
His last game was a 2-1 win over Cologne on 20 December. Wolfsburg lie second on the table.
Wolfsburg police said Malanda was a passenger in a car that crashed on a motorway near the German city of Bielefeld en route to meet up with his team-mates to fly out to South Africa for a training camp.
Tributes and messages of encouragement and condolences have been pouring from team mates and footballers around the world after his story was made public. May his Soul Rest In Peace.