Chiefs star Meyiwa in hor­rific ac­ci­dent

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Kaizer Chiefs mid­fielder Wise­man Meyiwa’s ca­reer could be in se­ri­ous jeop­ardy fol­low­ing a hor­rific mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent yes­ter­day.

The 19-year-old was ad­mit­ted to the Union Hospi­tal in Al­ber­ton af­ter sus­tain­ing back in­juries in the ac­ci­dent.

A wit­ness, who works for an am­bu­lance ser­vices and who was at the scene of the ac­cid­net ac­ci­dent, told City Press that Meyiwa was in se­ri­ous dis­tress. The wit­ness al­leged the player lost con­trol of the VW Polo GTI about 14km out­side Vil­liers on the N3 in the Free State.

“It looked like he was flung out of the car af­ter it hit a ditch and lost con­trol. From our ini­tial as­sess­ment he in­jured his back badly,” said the para­medic, who did not want to be iden­ti­fied.

Chiefs spokesper­son Vina Maphosa con­firmed the ac­ci­dent, but said the de­tails were still too sketchy.

“As you know we are in Dur­ban now pre­par­ing for the game against Su­per­Sport United. We are not close to the mat­ter. We got that in­for­ma­tion but we don’t have the de­tails,” Maphosa said.

Chiefs was still wait­ing for the po­lice to give us more in­for­ma­tion, he said. Meyiwa broke into promi­nence af­ter his pro­mo­tion from the Mul­ti­Choice Diski Chal­lenge to the AmaKhosi se­nior team by for­mer coach Steve Kom­phela at the start of last sea­son.

The cen­tral mid­fielder has played two matches so far this sea­son – against Free State and Su­per­Sport in the MTN8 – and he is yet to fea­ture in the league.

Meyiwa, who hails from Pi­eter­mar­itxburg, was an un­used sub­sti­tute in Chiefs’ open­ing five Absa Premier­ship matches but he has not been part of the AmaKhosi match day squads there­after, in­clud­ing last week­end’s Soweto derby against Or­lando Pi­rates. The teenager has also at­tracted the at­ten­tion of na­tional team se­lec­tors and has rep­re­sented South Africa at two Fifa World Cups with the Un­der-17 and the Un­der-20s.

Last month, an­other Chiefs player, Le­bo­gang Manyama, sur­vived an ac­ci­dent while on his way home from train­ing.

The re­mains of the car that Meyiwa was trav­el­ling in

PHOTO: DIRK KOTZE / GALLO IM­AGES

Wise­man Meyiwa was in­volved in a car ac­ci­dent

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