Cape Town – The South African football fraternity is still reeling after the shocking death of young talent, Oshwin Andries, 19, over the weekend.
Andries played for Stellenbosch FC and the U-20 National team.
According to TimesLIVE, an anonymous person at the club said Andries was stabbed following his side’s 3-2 victory over city rivals, Cape Town City, on January 27. He received treatment for his injuries and showed up to the facilities on Tuesday and Wednesday, but did not train.
Stellenbosch FC released a statement to mourn his death and to pay tribute.
Andries emerged as a talented centre-back who became the Club’s youngest-ever goalscorer and he also captained South Africa at the recent U-20 AFCON COSAFA qualifiers.
Stellenbosch F.C. is tonight mourning the passing of Oshwin Andries.
The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the Club are with his family, friends, and loved ones at this time.
— Stellenbosch FC (@StellenboschFC) February 4, 2023
According to police spokesperson Nowonga Sukwana, circumstances surrounding Andries’ stabbing were still being probed, IOL reported.
“He was treated for a stab wound and released and then his family took him to hospital again … where he passed on. Circumstances around his stabbing are still under investigation. No arrest has been made as yet,” the report quoted Sukwana as saying.
The report also said that Andries had had lofty dreams.
“Oshwin, a Stellenbosch FC midfielder, wanted to one day suit up for Barcelona’s national team and supplant his icon Sergio Busquets as one of the world’s leading soccer players,” the report said.
Compiled by Matthew Petersen