Chiefs legend undergoes multiple shoulder surgeries
Kaizer Chiefs’ former legendary goalkeeper, Peta Bala’c, who starred for the club during the 1980s, has for the past two months been in and out of hospital after undergoing major shoulder surgery in the United Kingdom.
In fact, the 64-year-old had to endure five different procedures following an infection, which has left the ex- Amakhosi multi-trophy-winning hero somewhat thinner.
In early September, Bala’c confirmed his situation on social media, part of which read: “After 2 major operations, I’m homebound with nurses giving me daily medication visits. But I’m on the mend and my appetite’s coming back too, not that I want to get back the lost 9kg.”
Then, on October 23, the former teammate of Teenage Dladla, Jan Lechaba, Ryder Mofokeng and the late Patrick ‘Ace’ Ntsoelengoe wrote an update that has been edited as follows: “I can’t believe it, my shoulder’s again infected and needs cleaning out. Just when I thought I was on the mend after 3 ops ops, I’m I m going back to hospital to tomorrow for a 4th operation.”
Interestingly, during last Saturday’s Soweto Derby, Bala’c was recuperating from his fifth procedure and is now at home.
“The last operation was performed by a surgeon from SA and I’m hoping to be over for the next derby in February 2019 to say my goodbyes,” he told Soccer Laduma.
Bala’c, previously also on the books of the now defunct Durban City, Durban United and Lusitano, continued playing into his 50s before eventually retiring as an amateur in the Chester Sunday League.
Soccer Laduma wishes Bala’c a speedy recovery.