A community in KwaZulu-Natal is mourning the loss of a talented young footballer on Friday, after Anele Gasa collapsed during a match.

Tributes have flooded in for Anele Gasa, after the footballer from KZN died during a match on Thursday afternoon.

The 26-year-old collapsed on the pitch, and despite being rushed to hospital, paramedics could do nothing to save him.

The exact nature of this tragic death is yet to be established.

Gasa was pronounced dead at 17:00 on 16 June, by the first responders from Reaction Unit SA (RUSA). The TP United player collapsed while the game was ongoing.

This sparked a huge panic amongst teammates and spectators.

His friends got him into the back seat of a Renault Clio, and took him to a medical facility near Trenance Park. Sadly, there was nothing that could be done for Anele Gasa.

His family were giving the heart-breaking news late yesterday evening.

RUSA has since issued a statement on the matter, confirming a number of basic details.

It has since been revealed that Gasa was from Zwelisha, and the local community must now come to terms with the shocking loss of one of their own.

“Anele Gasa, aged 26, was declared dead on arrival by Paramedics at the Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) Headquarters at 17:00 this afternoon, Thursday 16 June 2022. Gasa collapsed on a soccer field during a match in Trenance Park, KZN.”

“His friends rushed him to the RUSA Base for Medical Assistance. Paramedics found no signs of life and he was declared deceased.

His family were informed shortly afterwards. Gasa is a local resident, and played for a local football team called TP United.”

RUSA statement on the death of young KZN footballer


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