Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila head coach Dylan Kerr has confirmed that goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo will be retiring from football at the end of the season, due to a serious injury.
Mhlongo lost his eyesight after he was hit by a soccer ball during a training session three weeks ago.
The club took the 30-year-old to different eye specialists who all confirmed that his left eye is now functionally blind.
Kerr made the revelation during the post-match briefing of the Nedbank Cup win against Chippa United in Mangaung on Saturday.
“Let me give mention to Brighton (Mhlongo) who is going to have to retire at the end of this season because of his eye injury,” Kerr told the media.
“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,” added Kerr.
Mhlongo’s career includes stints at FC AK, Orlando Pirates, Chippa United and Bidvest Wits.
By Ofhani Munyai