IT’S been 12 years since former Mamelodi Sundowns defender Thokozani Mnguni’s career came to an abrupt end.
To date, Thokozani (40) is still haunted by the car accident that happened in 2006 in Cullinan, Tshwane, and ended his soccer dreams. The former star said when his maroon Honda Civic fell into a pit, he was with his three family members.
“It’s difficult to forget knowing that the accident almost killed me and ended my career,” he said.
He said his car rolled several times before landing into the pit.
“During the accident, it was about life and death, as I broke all my side ribs which also punctured my lungs,” he said.
He said being in ICU for three months was the most haunting experience, as he was not sure whether he was going to come out alive or not. When the accident occurred he was playing for Black Leopards in Limpopo.
He said quitting diski was a dismal experience, as he still wanted to ply his trade. At the moment, Thokozani is Sundowns’ development coach.
He says coaching young players gives him peace of mind and joy. Thokozani, who is equipped with a CAF C coaching licence from Tuks Performance Centre, said his three boys and wife are supportive.
Thokozani from Mamelodi West in Tshwane has urged current players to respect themselves and the beautiful game. He also encouraged players to study and invest their money wisely because football is a short-term career.
In another separate incident, Thokozani’s brother, also a former Sundowns defender, Themba Mnguni, had an accident in 2013.
“It happened on a Sunday when he was travelling from Mamelodi with his two kids. Usually, they go to church on Sunday and from there, they pass by the family home to have lunch before he drives back to his house.
“He was actually waiting at a traffic light and when it turned green for him to go, another car that had skipped the robot hit his car. That’s how it happened,” Thokozani explained.
– Sunday Sun