Maritzburg United players were told the shocking news of the death of their team-mate Mlondi Dlamini at a meeting on Monday morning and immediately given the next two days off as the club reels again from tragedy.
Funeral details will now be finalised with his family after the 20-year old Dlamini was killed on Sunday afternoon in a car accident near Cato Ridge while returning from Durban.
— #RiseAndShine (@polokwane_city) October 9, 2017
Just over 18 months ago‚ United lost Mondli Cele in a car accident which hit the club hard and was also driving back from Durban.
While Cele was driving the car‚ Dlamini was a passenger in the vehicle he was traveling in.
Another life lost too soon! Condolences to the friends and family of Mlondi Dlamini. May his soul Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/UibEXYK6Kp
— Mamelodi Sundowns FC (@Masandawana) October 9, 2017
“We will announce more details of the funeral and the players will return on Wednesday to see how we take this forward‚” general manager Quintin Jettoo said on Monday morning.
Rest in Peace Mlondi "Vicks" Dlamini.
Our deepest condolences to @MaritzburgUtd, his family and friends.
Gone too soon. pic.twitter.com/gC888Z1CLp
— Official PSL (@OfficialPSL) October 9, 2017
Maritzburg are set to resume their league campaign away to Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth next week Wednesday.
Dlamini‚ born in Howick‚ started three games for Maritzburg late last season after he emerged through their junior ranks and he made his debut in April against Chippa.
Condolences to the family and friends of @AmajitaU20 @MaritzburgUtd player Mlondi Dlamini. South Africa has lost a raising star @jetfooty pic.twitter.com/705dLvg1ja
— SAFA.net (@SAFA_net) October 9, 2017
A calf injury during pre-season training meant he had not seen any action this season as he was on the road to recovery.
Dlamini was one of the nominees for the Multi Choice Diski Player of the Season last season and in 2015 he was chosen as the player of the season in the Kay Motsepe League while representing Sukuma High School.
Our condolences go out to @MaritzburgUtd and The Dlamini family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time
— Golden Arrows FC (@goldenarrowsfc1) October 9, 2017