Orlando Pirates legend Dumisa Ngobe suffers stroke

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Dumisa Ngobe in action for Orlando Pirates
Dumisa Ngobe in action for Orlando Pirates

The stroke, which left him hospitalised for a week in his hometown of Emalahleni, has left the former Bafana Bafana star with a speech impediment.

"I just felt my body getting hot and then next thing I couldn’t see properly, following which I was rushed to hospital," Ngobe tells snl24.com/kickoff.

"Physically I am fine, and I am grateful to God that my body is still fine though there is discomfort on my right which has affected my speech. People who suffer strokes are usually left in worse conditions than me.

"I was in hospital for seven days. All along I had been in perfect condition, 100 percent without any hint of discomfort whatsoever until the body just started feeling hot out of the blue. As you can hear my challenge for now is talking properly but I am recovering at home now," says the soft-spoken Ngobe. 

The 48-year-old has been working for the Emalahleni Local Municipality as a Sports and Recreational Officer.

He was capped 32 times for Bafana Bafana with his club career taking him from Witbank Aces to a brief stint with Kaizer Chiefs before he blossomed at Orlando Pirates, after which he played in Turkey and Asia.

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Scroll through the gallery to see Sikhosana's Pirates Dream Team (4-3-3)
GK - Williams Okpara - Good leader, commanding at
GK - Williams Okpara - Good leader, commanding at the back, good communicator with his defence and most reliable
RB - Phiri Tsotetsi - Agile, pacey, covered ground
RB - Phiri Tsotetsi - Agile, pacey, covered ground with ease up the flank, good man-marker and good crosser of the ball
LB - Thabo Matlaba - Consistently provides attacki
LB - Thabo Matlaba - Consistently provides attacking options as a full-back, can pack a great shot, speedy and also covers ground, a lot of stamina
CB - Dan Malesela - Clever, good organiser, could
CB - Dan Malesela - Clever, good organiser, could start build-up from the back, good leader, comfortable on the ball
CB - Mark Fish - The best centre-back I have seen.
CB - Mark Fish - The best centre-back I have seen. Moved forward with ease without any fear, strong in aerial duels, great stamina, reliable and communicated to organise the defenc
CM - John Moeti - Captain fantastic, aggressive, h
CM - John Moeti - Captain fantastic, aggressive, high work-rate, intelligent, mobility to cover the centre of the whole field and best communicator with a lot of guidance to his mi
LCM - Clifford Moleko - May his soul rest in peace
LCM - Clifford Moleko - May his soul rest in peace. Energetic, confident, smart, intelligent, mobile, high work-rate and mostly selfish with the ball, not easily dispossessed
RCM - Dumisa Ngobe - Aggressive and strong on the
RCM - Dumisa Ngobe - Aggressive and strong on the ball, best long-distance passer of the ball and could also score goals with ease, one of the best long-distance shooters
RWF - Helman Mkhalele - Pacey, clever, full of tri
RWF - Helman Mkhalele - Pacey, clever, full of tricks in dribbling, great engine and could also score goals with ease
LWF - Brandon Silent - Speedy, clever, could track
LWF - Brandon Silent - Speedy, clever, could track back to assist in defence and good crosser of the ball with a lot of pace on it, great pin-pointer when crossing the ball
CF - Lesley Manyathela - May his soul rest in peac
CF - Lesley Manyathela - May his soul rest in peace. Lazy in appearance, underrated and could score goals anyhow, good header of the ball and packed a great shot. The best centre-f
Reserves - Innocent Mayoyo, Oupa Mabuza, Sipho Sik
Reserves - Innocent Mayoyo, Oupa Mabuza, Sipho Sikhonde, Gavin Lane, Nick Seshweni (RIP), Benedict Vilakazi, Jerry Sikhosana