Papy Faty dies after collapsing on pitch for Malanti Chiefs


Former Bidvest Wits midfielder Papy Faty passed away after collapsing on the pitch in Eswatini on Thursday afternoon.

The 28-year-old collapsed during a league match between Malanti Chiefs and Green Mamba at the Killarney Stadium in Piggs Peak outside Mbabane.

The Burundi international, who was released from his contract with Wits a few seasons ago due to heart problems, collapsed on the field of play after only 15 minutes on the pitch.

He was rushed to hospital, where he was declared dead.

Faty's death has been confirmed by one of the senior officials at Malanti Chiefs but he declined to reveal more information before the player's next of kin is informed.

Faty recently helped Burundi qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals.