Soccer legend Jomo Sono says he is lucky to be alive.
He thinks if his car did not have airbags he would have been killed during an accident in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, on Wednesday morning.
Recounting the accident yesterday Sono said: "The impact of the crash was such that all the airbags in my car burst. If it wasn't for the airbags I would have died.
"I really thank God that I'm alive. I can always buy another car, but I cannot buy life."
Sono, 51, said he was in Sandton to pick up a player when the accident happened.
"I was driving along Katherine Street when a car travelling at high speed suddenly crashed into the driver's side of my car," he said.
"I didn't see it coming. I just heard a loud bang. The guy was really flying and he came straight at me."
The Jomo Cosmos owner is recuperating at his Houghton, Johannesburg, home.
Sono said that after the crash he could not move for about 15 minutes because of severe pains in his spine.
Sono said he went to his doctor where he was treated and discharged on the same day.
He suffered fractured ribs, a stiff neck and a badly bruised body.
"My body is in pain. I can't even laugh properly because of the pain. I will be taking it easy at home for the next few days," he said.
Sono is one of our successful soccerites. He made his debut for Orlando Pirates as a 17- year-old, played in America and bought Highlands Park and renamed it Jomo Cosmos in 1984.