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Former Orlando Pirates star Thulasizwe Mbuyane during the DStv Premiership launch in Johannesburg in 2021.
Former Orlando Pirates striker Thulasizwe Mbuyane has revealed how he totalled his car while playing for the Buccaneers when he had an epileptic seizure while driving alone.
Mbuyane, now 40, described toMarawa Sports Worldwidehow his epilepsy first emerged when he had his first seizure during Pirates famous second treble-winning season in succession in the 2011-12 season, and said his career was cut short by the illness.
I believe I could have played a bit more though Im happy with what I achieved. I dont regret anything, I enjoyed myself, Mbuyane said, who had spells with Mpumalanga Black Aces and Royal Eagles before retiring in 2014.
I took a decision to say, Let me just take it as an early retirement. I had to consider the kids, my mum, so that after football I would be there.
If something happened on the field it would have devastated them. I wanted to live happily and I did. Thats why wherever I go theres always love and Im grateful for that.
Mbuyane said he had his first seizure in 2011, on April 26, on my boys birthday.
He was taking his children out for supper for his sons birthday, received a phone call, it was a private number, and thats the last thing I recall.
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The next thing I recall was I woke up in bed. My body was in pain. Everyone was asking, Whats wrong?
He was taken to Silverton Hospital but the staff there couldnt find anything.
Later a brain scan with a specialist revealed his diagnosis.
The last time I had a seizure was before I retired. When I left Pirates for Aces, the game Aces won when I scored in Orlando, the next day I had a seizure driving the car.
The car was a write-off. I had to go to hospital. I was alone in the car and I blacked out. I was driving on the R21 and when I took the off-ramp, I dont remember, I just woke up and the car was crashed, the ambulance was there.
In a wide-ranging interview Mbuyane, a combative, bustling striker who was popular with the fans, discussed his career at Pirates from 2008 to 2014 and life after football.
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