Professional footballers are seen as icons in our communities. This is mainly due to the fact that they will be the few successful ones who will have made it from the townships where all hardships are faced.
When they appear on television playing in the various professional leagues, they serve as role models for all. Khanyile Shozi a former Mamelodi Sundowns player is one such individual who used to thrill fans with his vast talent. However, things have not turned out to move well for him of late. After weeks of having gone missing, his family members informed the police as they were now scared that the worst could happen.
Members of the public as well as influential figures joined in the search raising awareness on the missing persons. Among those who called for assistance in searching for him is the Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena.
On Saturday the 22nd of January 2022, there was a report that he has finally been found. The state in which he was in was not pleasing and this prompted Advocate Barry Roux to tweet, "Mental illness is quite serious. Sadly in black communities it's not seen as such and we lack the know to deal with it. Pray for Khayelihle Shozi."
Images of him were also shared and the most recent ones were not so pleasing. To say the least, they were saddening as he was seen picking trash from a garbage bin.
Some may blame it on witchcraft as dark arts are known as a major cause of mental illness in African communities. There are also other factors which may affect ones mental health which may include stress and depressions.
Such things can make one to have mental breakdowns and this could have been the case with Shozi. Well wishers are praying for him and fans are wishing him a speedy recovery. The fans hope that he will be able to play football professionally soon.
Shozi played for several top teams in South Africa. He is a 27 year old who moved from Mamelodi Sundowns to Supersport United and layer on went to Black Leopards. While at Black Leopards, he was loaned to Richards Bay before he made his move to TS Galaxy in 2019.
Shozi in August last year agreed to join GladAfrica Championship side named JDR Stars after he endured a frustrating spell at TS Galaxy. He is a former South African under 23 international and he was touted as one star of the future.
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