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Bafana star stabbed to death

2012-01-21 14:04

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana capped defender Jeffrey Ntuka is dead after reportedly being stabbed in the early hours of Saturday morning in a local nightclub in his township of Kroonstad in the Free State province.

Soccer website, Kickoff.com, say that the troubled former Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United player -- who is a product of English giants, Chelsea -- may have been stabbed after a brawl.

There was confirmation from his soccer representatives, Stella Africa.

"I just spoke to his wife for a couple minutes and she confirmed that Ntuka has passed away after being stabbed in a township in Kroonstad," Stella Africa's Michael Hughes told the website.

Ntuka and wife are said to have been estranged.

Ntuka, 26, has five Bafana caps and a former regular SA Under-23 player.

He joined Chelsea in 2003 as a 18-year-old without featuring for the side, and in turn, loaned him out to Belgian side, Westerlo, until his contract expired in 2009.

He returned to South Africa to join Chiefs for two seasons, and last campaign played for United, both without commanding a regular spot in a career hampered by alleged alcohol abuse.

"Unfortunately, trouble seemed to follow Jeffrey around, and tried hard to surround himself with the right people and club mates," Hughes said later on Saturday when contacted.

"He struggled to really shake the image and stories that seem to dog his career.

"When his contract expired with United, he had an unsuccessful trial with a second division Belgian side, but we have been motivating him, and he has been keeping fit."

Ntuka is part of a troubled generation of SA footballers that are one of the causes of the national team's downslide in the last decade.

It also includes the likes of Mbulelo Mabizela, Jabu Pule, Junior Khanye and Emmanuel "Scara" Ngobese, who seemingly never fulfilled their talent while struggling with discipline, alcohol and materialistic life.

Ngobese died last year after battling a second bout of TB.

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Comments
  • trix.duvenage - 2012-01-21 15:19

    Lack of education amongst soccer players or not.....this is South Africa and death is thiscountry is not uncommon.... The 'murderer' wil now get caught and IF caught, he or she or they will get the life long penalty..... and then be freed after a few years to get back to the pub brawls and the show goes on In the mean time Bafanna bafanna will get another player and life goes on. In a nutshell....our soccer star will be short-remembered and soon replaced because in this country life means NOTHING at all. Sad......?

  • Neeus - 2012-01-21 16:32

    Just another casualty of our value for life in the shadow of the Southern Cross... Sad

  • David - 2012-01-21 17:18

    May his sould rest in peace. Yet another good talent sacrificed at the alter of crime and poor governance by powers that be. Jeffrey was my homeboy who, like most youth, unfortunately made light of treachery of our streets at night. I am sure he would have survived with good intervention. At his age and talent, he still had a loty to offer. It is without doubt that his death is a great loss to the nation.

  • Brian - 2012-01-21 17:20

    In a Shebeen?

  • Elkieta - 2012-01-21 17:47

    Don't worry about him.He is safe.His ANC card is in his pocket.

  • Fika - 2012-01-21 17:49

    What type of a nation that does not have heroes and heroins? Killing of your own prophets seldom happens in other countries. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of this country and especially among my race. What a shame! How could someone kill Matthews "Loop-en-val", Mzukisi Skali, Gito Baloyi, Mpompi Sosibo, Tuza Mthetwa, Lucky Dube, Sipho "Mastermind"Zaca, Vusi Silango, Road Block Makhathini..? Do I need to go on with my list? One moment these very guys were entertaining US in one form or another and the next moment we have enough gall to kill them. Is this what is meant by "turning on your own"?

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-01-22 08:06

      Sad thing is nobody ever kills the bad guys, it amazes me how they seem to always escape the murder and mayhem. I think this culture is taught by those "leading" the youth, a culture that does not encourage people to work hard, have respect, have good values. It is a culture that admires bling, crime, sex - these are the examples set by those leading this country - down the garden path. Where are the good leaders, there are plenty of good people?

  • paullombard17 - 2012-01-21 17:50

    my condolences to the family, a promising prospect for football but lets not forget the Rest of the daily murders, rapes, Hijacking, robbery and violence and the victims involved..the guy obviously had some issues but its still not a reason to get murdered in cold-blood, Im so sick of it, wherever I look whether its the net, magazines, the news or newspapers..its violence and murder ( with a healthy dash of corruption )..

  • Elkieta - 2012-01-21 17:56

    Mack.The government is to blame for every murder in this country.Terrorist breed terrorist..

      Awah - 2012-01-21 20:13

      who is the government and why are they to blame for the nasty atrocities?

  • dan8472 - 2012-01-22 03:33

    Rest in peace Jeffrey, a talent gone too soon...

  • Margaux - 2012-01-22 06:21

    he may have had good talent but let me tell you about my experience with this dude. he moved into our apartment block last year and only caused trouble! him and his girlfriend would come home either drugged up or dronk....play their music very very loud till 8am in the mornings.....he used to beat the living hell out of her...had police over many times! when we would complain it became a race thing - yelling about whities and its because they are black! my other black neighbours would confront him and tell him it wasnt race related at all - it was a respect thing! He used to confront anyone in the complex when he was in his usual drunk state, telling us how much money he had and do we know who he is? ummm no we dont. he even threatened to kill my cat cause we asked him to turn his music down. He may have had talent but my few months of hell showed me what kind of person he was. Just look at his history on news 24....and this is NOT a race issue.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-01-22 08:11

      If what you are saying is true, then good riddance. Same thing is happening all over the country, too many of these people have no respect for their neighbours, (or much else) its a selfish culture, taught by those in charge of the country. When confronted its all about race, sad when people always want to hide behind the colour of their skins to justify their actions. I'm glad I don't live in suburbia.

  • Themba - 2012-01-22 08:52

    shame

  • Caroline - 2012-01-22 15:36

    FRANS Not only a lack of diccipline and education,but also an inability to control their alcohol consumption when visiting back yard nightclubs, bad publicity for their country's national football team, sies man demmit! Same thing happened to Solly ........? so called springbok flank a few weeks ago. Another problem, too much money to guys who don't know how to spend it, educational problems.

  • Tokollo - 2012-01-23 08:00

    Rest in peace Jeffery.

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