After getting home late last night, the news popped up on my phone regarding the sad passing of former Eupen full back Ntuthuko Radebe. The South African tragically died in a car crash in his native country yesterday. Only at the age of 22 he was released by the Pandas this pre season, as he tried to continue his career back in his homeland.
Only making 2 appearances in the league last season overall, he had been with the club for 5 seasons, with the 2013/14 season being his most prolific. That season was also the season where he scored his solitary profess goal, against SC Endracht in a 2-0 victory.
Young players do unfortunately come and go from football, as the youngster rose through the Aspire Academy and was deemed good enough to play for Eupen. With this season being his last in Europe in the short term, perhaps, he looked to go home as a travelled and hardened energetic right back, fancying his chances of not only plying his trade back in Africa, but maybe realising that in a World Cup year, why not chance some international football too.
I feel bad as I wrote about Cheik Tiote pretty swiftly, but other commitments stopped me from writing my condolences. Taken too young. Must be a firm favourite at Eupen due to his longevity at the club and also helping them with promotion to the top flight and maintaining that position for this past season. With a full career and life taken away…