Johannesburg – Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila head coach Dylan Kerr revealed devastating news following his side’s incredible Nedbank Cup triumph regarding goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo.
The victory however was somewhat overshadowed by tragic news regarding former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo who has been forced into an early retirement.
Mhlongo was reportedly involved in a freak training ground incident in which a ball knocked him flush in the face.
The incident left Mhlongo partially blind and after visiting a number of specialist eye doctors, it was since advised that he should retire from soccer as soon as possible.
“Let me give special mention to Brighton Mhlongo who is going to have to retire at the end of this season because of his eye injury,” Tshakhuma head coach Dylan Kerr said following the Nedbank Cup final.
“He made a speech to the players today which I thought optimize the character and the togetherness of the team. He is not going to go unnoticed because it broke his heart today to stand in front of his teammates knowing that he is never going to play football again.
“He made a very poignant speech today and I think that went a long way for them to perform the way they did in today’s Nedbank Cup Final.”
30-year-old Mhlongo has made over 80 appearances in the PSL for the likes of Tshakuma, Orlando Pirates, Bidvest Wits and Chippa United.
He kept 23 clean sheet in his career with he bulk of it, 18, coming at Orlando Pirates between 2011 and 2017.