Details emerge on robbery and shooting of former Bafana Bafana coach Stanley ‘Screamer’ Tshabalala

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FOOTBALL Details emerge on robbery and shooting of former Bafana Bafana coach Stanley ‘Screamer’ Tshabalala

Festus Chuma 12:50 - 23.03.2024

Orlando Pirates legend Stanley “Screamer” Tshabalala was shot during a home invasion and he is now recovering at a Pretoria hospital.

Former Bafana Bafana football coach Stanley “Screamer” Tshabalala is currently recuperating in a hospital after a harrowing incident at his home on the outskirts of Centurion in Pretoria.

Tshabalala, 75, found himself and his family at gunpoint when three armed men invaded his residence on Wednesday, just after midday, in a brazen daylight robbery that left the football legend shot and seriously injured.

The assailants, described by police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo as armed with a firearm and a sharp object, did not just stop at violence.

After shooting Tshabalala, they scoured his home for valuables, ultimately making away with laptops and cellphones from the bedroom where the confrontation occurred.

“The suspects then shot him and took laptops and cellphones from the house. Police have opened a case of house robbery and attempted murder for investigation,” Masondo detailed, underscoring the brazenness of the crime.

A statement from the family spokesperson, Thato Matuka, confirmed the nature of the ordeal.

“Former Bafana Bafana coach Stanley ‘Screamer’ Tshabalala was shot following a house break-in at the Tshabalala residence yesterday, just after midday. The matter is currently in the hands of the South African Police Services," it reads.

The theft of personal items such as laptops and cellphones may seem minor compared to the physical and emotional scars left by the attack, but they add a layer of violation to the ordeal.

These items, often considered as extensions of our private lives, contain personal memories, contacts, and work, making their loss deeply personal.

Tshabalala, known for his pioneering “Piano” and “Shoe-shine” playing style at Mamelodi Sundowns and his invaluable contributions to Orlando Pirates since 2008, remains in a serious yet stable condition.

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