Hours after clinching a 2-1 victory against Chippa United, Stellenbosch released a statement to confirm that midfielder Oshwin Andries had tragically died on Saturday. 

Andries made his first team debut this season against Orlando Pirates, while he captained the Diski team to the DStv Diski Challenge Championship last season.

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He was viewed as a highly talented and promising player, who had represented South Africa at youth level.

Andries allegedly succumbed to stab wounds that were actually suffered during an altercation at a tavern on 29 January.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to Weekend Argus said a fist fight initially broke out before the perpetrator left the scene and returned with a knife.

The alleged attacker’s relatives are said to have fled from their home after learning that Andries had died, with the sister of the self-confessed perpetrator stating “we live in fear because people want to kill my brother”.

The man who has confessed to fatally stabbing Oshwin Andries has reportedly sought to hand himself over to police amidst fears of retaliation.

“He was making a joke and that irked the suspect,” said Lee-Irwin. “He stabbed my brother from the side, repeatedly.”

Police spokesperson, captain Nowonga Sukwana, further explained that the circumstances of the fatal incident were now under investigation.

“He was treated for stab wounds and released and then his family took him to Paarl hospital. Circumstances around his stabbing, are still under investigation.”

She said her sibling – who is said to have admitted to attacking Andries as he sought to defend himself – was taken to the police station to hand himself over, but the report strangely suggests the South African Police Service turned them away.

Apparently the youngster even attended Stellenbosch’s practice sessions last seek, although without training.

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He was “walking around and seemed in good enough health”, a source told TimesLive, while also suggesting the “wound seemed superficial”.

Yet a few days later he was rushed back to hospital after complications apparently arose.


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