Last Updated on November 5, 2023, 4:00 pm
AmaZulu FC‘s South African striker Bongi Ntuli passed away at Midlands Medical Center Hospital in Pietermaritzburg this afternoon, Sunday, November 5, at the age of 32-year-old, according to the official announcement from the Durban club.
The 32-year-old and AmaZulu FC CEO Sinenjabulo Zungu were just married, but their happiness was brief. Ntuli was hospitalized last week; Usuthu has now verified his untimely death on Sunday.
Ntuli passed away at the Midlands Medical Centre Private Hospital in Pietermaritzburg this afternoon after receiving a (very recently) serious cancer diagnosis that spread throughout his body.
Ntuli played for six seasons, and he also played for the Golden Arrows, the now-defunct Platinum Stars, and for a little while at Mamelodi Sundowns. AmaZulu reported the sudden death of a 32-year-old striker with a statement:
“We regret informing you of the tragic death of our beloved center-forward and faithful worker, Bonginkosi Ntuli. Ntuli was (recently) diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, which metastasized and finally led to his death this afternoon at Pietermaritzburg’s Midlands Medical Centre Private Hospital. May his lovely spirit rest in peace forever. The club begs that his family and friends be given privacy and patience at this difficult time.”’
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— AmaZulu FC (@AmaZuluFootball) November 5, 2023
Ntuli began his career in 2011 with the lower-level team Sabantu Shooting Stars before switching to the Golden Arrows’ reserve side and scoring 70 goals in 238 games. He then joined Golden Arrows in the DStv Premiership, where he made an early breakthrough to Mamelodi Sundowns in 2014.
Ntuli played for Sundowns for one season before being loaned to Platinum Stars and AmaZulu. In 2019, Usuthu signed the 1.8m tall attacker on a permanent contract.
Ntuli was a skillful striker who commanded Usuthu’s attack. His most incredible season came in the 2019/20 season when he scored 13 league goals and appeared in all 30 PSL games for AmaZulu. Meanwhile, Usuthu advanced to the Carling Knockout semi-finals after defeating Golden Arrows 3-0 on Saturday in KwaZulu-Natal.
Social media have been poured with prayers and tributes on the news of Ntuli’s demise. Thoughts and Condolences to his family, friends, and community; the specifics of his memorial ceremony and his funeral will be announced by the club.
However, the Premier Soccer League will likely open the following several games with a minute of silence in memory of the late goal-getter. Ntuli’s legacy will always endure, and he will be dearly missed. Prayers for him; Rest in Peace, Bongi Ntuli.
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