Throwback to “Slow Poison” Manyathela – talented player gone too soon

Throwback to “Slow Poison” Manyathela – talented player gone too soon

On this throwback Thursday, remembers the tremendous talent that was Lesley “Slow Poison” Manyathela.

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There’s been a startling number of South African sports stars and celebrities killed in car accidents over the years.

One of the most tragic was that of Lesley “Slow Poison” Manyathela, the striker who played for Orlando Pirates.

Manyathela would have turned 39 this September, but tragically lost his life at the tender age of 21.

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It was a huge loss for South African football as Manyathela was in the process of establishing himself as one of the best strikers the country has ever produced.

The youngster became the PSL’s top scorer in the 2002/ 2003 season before tragedy struck.

Manyathela made an impact at national level as well as he represented the SA Under-20, the Under-23 and Bafana Bafana sides.

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The Daily Sun reported on the sad circumstances that surrounded his death as the accident happened on his way to visit his mother for a Women’s Day celebration.

Fittingly, the PSL award for the top goalscorer was changed to the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot.

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