I could see Jantjie turning things around for Bafana - Mabunda

Teammates, friends, relatives and football fans of the fallen Free State Stars attacker Sinethemba “Mgijimi” Jantjie are currently paying tribute to him at the memorial service held at Bohlokong New Hall in Bethlehem. Jantjie passed away on Monday morning following a horrific car accident after his car had collided with a stationary truck in Bethlehem. Mamelodi Sundowns midfield enforcer Tiyani Mabunda who had also spent some time at Stars on loan in 2014, lost his friend and former Bafana Bafana striker Richard Henyakane in the manner five years ago. Mabunda has been deeply hurt by Jantjie’s death. The 30year-old had already signed a pre-contract with Bidvest Wits reported to be worth R4.5million but only starting on the first of July. He joined Stars in July 2016 from National First Division (NFD) side Mbombela United and made his PSL debut only at the age of 26. Jantjie becomes the sixth professional footballer to have passed away due to a car accident in the last four years. And this saddens Mabunda. There’s been 15 footballers involved in horrific car accident in the last four years including Kaizer Chiefs teenager Wiseman Meyiwa who has been forced to retire prematurely from the game at the age of 19 as he’s wheelchair bound. Jantjie only played two and a half years of professional football but in that short space of time, he had made his mark. His funeral will be held at the Oxton Village in Whittlesea near Queenstown in the Eastern Cape on Saturday. Mabunda says the pacey attacker had proven his worth in this short space of time.