AmaZulu's Bongi Ntuli [VIDEO]

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AmaZulu star Bongi Ntuli, who passed away on Sunday, was described as a jewel by the club’s president and his father-in-law, Sandile Zungu.

AmaZulu's Bongi Ntuli [VIDEO]

Family, friends and football colleagues of AmaZulu striker Bongi Ntuli will gather at The African Congregational Church in Cliffdale, Outer West Durban, to bid farewell to the late soccer star on Thursday, 9 November.

Ntuli succumbed to an aggressive form of cancer on Sunday, 5 November, at the age of 32.

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In a statement on Sunday, the Durban-based football club announced Ntuli’s passing calling him a loyal servant.

“It is with a very heavy heart that we inform you of the untimely passing of our beloved centre-forward and loyal servant, Bonginkosi Ntuli,” read the statement.

Usuthu disclosed that Ntuli passed away at the Midlands Medical Centre Private Hospital.

“Ntuli was (very recently) diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, which metastasized and ultimately led to his death at the Midlands Medical Centre Private Hospital, in Pietermaritzburg this afternoon.

“May his beautiful soul rest in eternal peace. The club requests privacy and patience be granted his family and friends at this difficult time.”

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The Usuthu forward passed away on the day of his tradition wedding. Two months ago, on 9 September, he had married the love of his life, AmaZulu Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sinenjabulo Zungu.

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Speaking at their family home in KwaNyuswa, KwaZulu-Natal, his father, Thulani Ntuli, said the footballer died after a short illness the family had initially thought was flu.

“We thought it was just flu but when we realised it was getting worse we took him to hospital in Durban, but they couldn’t figure out what was wrong. We decided to take him to another hospital in Pietermaritzburg because this ‘flu’ was not getting any better. There they discovered he had lung cancer.

“They drew around one litre of water and blood from his lungs which showed it was at an advanced stage. So he died of lung cancer,” TimesLIVE quoted him as saying.

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Ntuli senior said that his son’s passing was a huge blow for the family as he was an honourable and responsible whom they depended on.

AmaZulu club president and Ntuli’s father-in-law Sandile Zungu said team had “lost a jewel in Bonginkosi Ntuli and his absence will be felt for a very long time”