Footballer Ignores Doctor’s Call For Him To Stop Playing, Collapses And Dies During Match
27 April 2019
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Papy Faty of Wits during the Absa Premiership match between SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits at Lucas Moripe Stadium on April 26, 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa.

Own Correspondent|Burundian football player Formerly with Bidvest Wits of South Africa, Papy Faty collapsed and died in a match in Swaziland on Friday.

The 28-year-old was a Burundi international footballer and recently helped his East Afrucan country to qualify for their first AFCON finals.

He had shared the dressing room with many Zimbabweans during his time in South Africa before concerns over his heart condition led the parties to split.

He was now playing in Eswatini.

The first signs emerged when, twice, Faty lost consciousness while playing in the South African Premiership and he was ordered to undergo surgery but rejected that advice and claimed his condition was being well treated by some African herbs he had been taking.

The Burundi international ignored advice from doctors and continued playing. He was once quoted in KickOff Magazine saying that witchcraft was the cause of his ill-health and that he was determined to continue playing football.

The 28-year-old Faty was on the books of Malanti Chiefs of Eswatini when he collapsed and died during a match.