Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Wiseman Meyiwa is set to receive a disability cover insurance pay out from the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung confirmed that the midfielder was unable to continue with his football career after sustaining injuries to his spinal cord in a car accident last year in November.
PSL COO Ronnie Schloss said the 19-year-old would receive money from the league and half of the payout would be given to Chiefs.
Schloss says the amount Meyiwa is set to receive will be determined by Meyiwa’s salary and the length of his contract.
“Yes, he’ll be paid because we have a permanent disability cover (in the PSL),” Schloss was quoted by SundaySun. “In this case, yes, Kaizer Chiefs will get half of whatever it is. How much he’ll be paid will be based on how much he was earning at his club. And that’s calculated according to the length of his contract.”
Meanwhile, several South African paraplegic and wheelchair-bound athletes have come out in support of Kaizer Chiefs player Wiseman Meyiwa after it was announced this week he was paralysed from the spine down.
Meyiwa, 19, sustained spinal injuries in a car accident in November when he was traveling home to Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal from Joburg.
The player, who only had a four-year stint at the club, has been undergoing rehabilitation at Milpark Hospital.
Motaung said Meyiwa was discharged last week but will still have a role to play at Chiefs. He joined the club as a development player in 2014, aged 14.
Paralysed former Polokwane City midfielder Kopano Sekgobela became wheelchair-bound after a team bus accident in 2012.