South Africans cry out in Prayers for young Star, Khayelihle Shozi, whose Football career has been cut short, due to Mental Illness.
It was Seven years ago, when Khayelihle Shozi stunned the world at Mamelodi Sundowns FC as an Attacking Midfielder, with a couple of U-23 call ups for his Country. He would move on Loan deals from Sundowns to Black Leopards, Richards bay and a host of others and finally handed a permanent deal with TS Galaxy in August 2019, and moving to Pretoria JDR Club side on a loan deal.
His Family has been thrown into severe panic mode, after his disappearance over 2 months ago, as this would be the second time the 26 years old who’s alleged to be mentally unstable, has gone missing without saying a word to his family.
“It’s been a while since we last saw him; this thing started in October. He was seen walking with his soccer boots at a mall [in Gauteng]. I got a call from his JDR teammates, and I came to look for him [from KwaZulu Natal]. I struggled to find him.
“If I remember well, it was 27 October . I then went to someone [a traditional healer] in Tembisa, and she asked me to find his t-shirt.
“When I provided her with that, she assured me that he would come home, I went back to KZN on a Tuesday, and he came [to KZN] on Wednesday. He was dirty; he was crying, so I took him to someone to help him. When the situation improved, he stayed four days and disappeared again,” Shozi’s dejected brother, Simphiwe, relates to the publication.
Although, before his first disappearance, Simphiwe disclosed Shozi was very uncomfortable at JDR
“He has indicated a few times that he is a bit uncomfortable at JDR. He has said the same to other people,” added Simphiwe
He spent just four days following his return home and left one afternoon. Since then, almost 80 days ago, he has not been seen. The family was once told that he was living under a bridge, but they are yet to find him.
“We can’t find him; we’ve been looking for him all over. We don’t know what to do; we opened a case with the police on the 5th of November, but we haven’t heard anything
It is believed, Shozi was recommended to Sundowns by former Golden Arrows striker Mabhuti Khanyeza in 2010. He played for the club’s youth sides before moving on several Loans.