Former Polokwane City player Kopano Sekgobela says he wishes to meet Wiseman Meyiwa so that he can encourage him to keep his head up.
Just like Meyiwa, who was a Kaizer Chiefs midfielder, Sekgobela’s career was cut short by a car accident in the same month (November).
The 29-year-old was left paralysed 7 years ago – on November 11, 2012 when a Polokwane team bus collided with another vehicle while they were on their way from a league fixture at the University of Limpopo.
Meyiwa was involved in a horrific accident on the N3 highway near Villiers in the Free State, on November 3, 2018. He was on his way to Pietermaritzburg to visit his family and at the time he was just 18. Meyiwa was also left paraplegic due to a spinal injury
“It is painful for me that I have never met him, but I wish one day I will meet him and talk to him so that I can encourage him because it’s not easy coming from being a professional to come sit in a wheelchair,” Sekgobela told FARPost.co.za during our visit to his home at Ga-Phasha village, Limpopo.
“There are a lot of things that are not well, but I just wish him well and he must just stay strong and take one day at a time,” said Sekgobela.
“He must also be careful about the cash and the way he is going to use that money. He must also know that at home it is going to be painful for his family and he must understand that with time a lot of people who are close to him will go back slowly so he must just be careful about that one and I know that there are a lot of things that don’t go well when you get injured on the spine and it’s very painful.
“But there is nothing you can do and you just have to be strong, accept and go to church if you go to church.”
Meyiwa joined the Kaizer Chiefs youth academy in 2014, aged 14.
He was promoted to the senior team in 2017 and played 21 games before being forced to retire due to the accident.
By Ofhani Munyai