Why Bucs defender collapsed
ORLANDO Pirates have breathed a sigh of relief after influential defender Rooi Mahamutsa was given the all-clear to play after collapsing in Polokwane on Tuesday night.
Mahamutsa collapsed 10 minutes after Pirates regained the Absa Premiership top spot by beating SuperSport United.
Avusa Sports spoke to Mahamutsa yesterday afternoon when the Pirates players were visiting another defender, Bheki Nzunga, at his home in Tembisa.
Soon after collapsing, Mahamutsa was examined at the Peter Mokaba Stadium by the medical team who were working at the game. He was immediately rushed to the Polokwane MediClinic accompanied by Pirates team doctor Lazzy Maphakela, where a CT scan of the brain and blood and heart tests were conducted.
All the tests came back negative.
"It is true I collapsed, but I'm feeling good," he said. "What happened is that Sibusiso Zuma accidentally kicked me in the head while trying to clear the ball.
"There is nothing serious, I have been given a clean bill of health. Thank you to all the people who have been wishing me a speedy recovery.
"It's one of those things in soccer."
Mahamutsa's episode happened on the same day that Nzunga was discharged from a hospital in Cape Town where he had spent three nights. The defender had lost consciousness after a clash of heads during the 1-all draw with Ajax Cape Town on Friday. Nzunga, who could not be reached for comment, suffered concussion, just like Mahamutsa.