Tragedy has struck AmaZulu, with the club confirming the passing of a key member of their squad.Premier Soccer League club AmaZulu announced on Tuesday that star defender Jan Sillo was killed in a motor accident earlier in the day.
Sillo was a key member of the Usuthu team and had given a fine performance in the club’s opening league match against Bidvest Wits at Chatsworth Stadium on Sunday. He joined AmaZulu in the 2006-07 season after previously featuring for Bloemfontein Young Tigers and Zulu Royals.
"The club received the terrible news of right-back Jan Sillo’s passing in the early hours of this morning [Tuesday] through a report by the police to team manager James Dlamini. The details of 'Lombo’s' passing are still not clear but it is believed he was rushing back to Durban coming from his hometown, Bocabelo," the club said on its official website.
AmaZulu said club directors immediately rushed to the training ground to assist the players in receiving the tragic news. The news comes at a crucial time, when the players were still nursing the pain of the untimely loss of Siyabonga 'Benni' Mkhwanazi last season.
"At the moment we do not have the full information but during the course of the day we will be keeping all stakeholders informed. All we can confirm is that indeed Sillo did pass away, but it is only when we get full information from the police that we can issue out a full statement on our side, but it is sad news," said club spokesperson Philani Mabaso.
Following the sad news, the PSL sent it’s condolences to the family, friends and fans of AmaZulu FC defender Jan Masoeng Sillo who passed away tragically.
“It’s always a sad day for the football family when we lose one of our players,” said PSL CEO, Kjetil Siem. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all involved with AmaZulu FC and once again, our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Jan Masoeng Sillo.”
Sillo, who started his professional career at Bloemfontein Young Tigers in 2003, leaves behind his wife and one child.
Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com