One of the youngest players ever to represent Kaizer Chiefs at senior level, Wiseman Meyiwa‘s career has sadly been cut short as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash in November last year.

The 19-year-old sustained various injuries, including an unstable fracture of his thoracic vertebrae a spinal cord injury and is wheelchair bound.

The talented midfielder left his home in KwaZulu-Natal at the age of 14 to join the Amakhosi’s Youth Development Academy. He was promoted to the senior squad at the start of the 2017/18 season.

Meyiwa made his debut against Cape Town City on 13 September 2017 and scored one of the goals in a 2-0 win. On the international stage, he represented South Africa at both the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cup tournaments in 2015 in Chile and 2017 in South Korea.

Kaizer Chiefs Chairperson, Kaizer Motaung, said it was a sad end to a promising career.  ”There has been an outcome of the results that Wiseman Meyiwa won’t be able to play football once more due to the accident that occurred in November. It’s been a long journey for us, sad one but also a learning curve in terms of experiences of life, we also brought Meyiwa to bid farewell to his colleagues,” says Kaizer Chiefs Manager Bobby Motaung.

Meyiwa was involved in a car crash on the 3rd of November last year on the N3 highway, near Villiers in the Free State. He was on his way to Pietermaritzburg to visit his family.

Kaizer Chiefs team doctor, Hashendra Ramjee says due to the injuries sustained he will never be able to play football again.

“He underwent surgical intervention and was in ICU for a while and every attempt was implemented to try and reduce the swelling on the spinal cord, he didn’t progress really well in terms of recovering from that spinal cord injury.”

The assessment is on-going and this will be a long road to recovery. The club will do its utmost to make sure Meyiwa is looked after for the foreseeable future.

Football fans have taken to social media to wish Meyiwa well. 

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