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South African player Ntshangase dies as a result of lightning strike

South African player Ntshangase dies as a result of lightning strike

- Luyanda Ntshangase dies eight weeks after being struck by lightning

- The incident occurred while he was on duty for his club in South Africa

- Maritzburg United broke the news of losing the 21-year-old striker

A South African footballer named Luyanda Ntshangase has died two months after being struck by lightning during a match.

The Maritzburg United striker who was in an induced coma after being injured in a friendly on March, 1, was revealed in a statement on Facebook by the club he passed away.

The Premier Soccer League club and are currently fourth in the table and they have also qualified the South African domestic cup final on May 19.

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The club's chairman Farook Kadodia said: "We are extremely sad about the loss of Luyanda, an exciting young player with enormous potential.

"On behalf of Maritzburg United Football club, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Ntshangase family."

The 21-year-old made his debut against Kaizer Chiefs two seasons ago and he was one of three players caught by the bolt of lightning during the match in KwaZulu-Natal.

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According to media reports in South African the two other players were only slightly hurt but Ntshangase suffered burns to his chest.

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