Disabled sports stars encourage Wiseman Meyiwa

Wiseman Meyiwa, in wheelchair, with Kaizer Chiefs teammate Siyabonga Ngezana.
Wiseman Meyiwa, in wheelchair, with Kaizer Chiefs teammate Siyabonga Ngezana.
Image: Kaizer Chiefs Media

Several South African paraplegic and wheelchair-bound athletes have come out in support of Kaizer Chiefs player Wiseman Meyiwa after it was announced this week he was paralysed from the spine down.

Meyiwa, 19, sustained spinal injuries in a car accident in November when he was traveling home to Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal from Joburg.

Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung revealed the early termination of the young midfielder's career, sending shock waves throughout the sporting fraternity.

The player, who only had a four-year stint at the club, has been undergoing rehabilitation at Milpark Hospital.

Motaung said Meyiwa was discharged this week but will still have a role to play at Chiefs. He joined the club as a development player in 2014, aged 14.

Paralysed former Polokwane City midfielder Kopano Sekgobela became wheelchair-bound after a team bus accident in 2012.

Read more in the Sunday World newspaper

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