Brighton Mhlongo suffers career ending eye injury during training
Ex Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo has been forced into an early retirement after a devastating eye injury he picked up during training
Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila head coach Dylan Kerr revealed devastating news following his side’s incredible Nedbank Cup triumph regarding goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo.
Tshakhuma won the Nedbank Cup thanks to a 1-0 victory over Chippa United on Saturday evening meaning they have now lifted their first piece of silverware in their maiden season in the top flight!
The victory however was somewhat overshadowed by tragic news regarding former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo who has been forced into an early retirement.
Brighton Mhlongo forced into early retirement after devastating injury
Former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo was reportedly involved in a freak training ground incident in which a ball knocked him flush in the face.
The incident left Mhlongo partially blind and after visiting a number of specialist eye doctors, it was since advised that he should retire from soccer as soon as possible.
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“Let me give special mention to Brighton Mhlongo who is going to have to retire at the end of this season because of his eye injury,” Tshakhuma head coach Dylan Kerr said following the Nedbank Cup final.
“He made a speech to the players today which I thought optimize the character and the togetherness of the team. He is not going to go unnoticed because it broke his heart today to stand in front of his teammates knowing that he is never going to play football again.
“He made a very poignant speech today and I think that went a long way for them to perform the way they did in today’s Nedbank Cup Final.”
Brighton Mhlongo, 30-years-old, has made over 80 appearances in the PSL for the likes of Tshakhuma, Orlando Pirates, Bidvest Wits and Chippa United.
He kept 23 cleansheets in his career with the bulk of it, 18, coming at Orlando Pirates between 2011 and 2017. This website would like to wish him the best in his future away from soccer and a speedy recovery.