The Ajax Cape Town striker, who took to his career in Cape Town like a duck to water – winning the Absa Premiership Player of the Month accolade for August – has been on the sidelines at the Urban Warriors since the beginning of September.
According to his former coach at amateur level and family friend, Nkululeko “Sgqe” Ndaba, the family is still in shock following the epileptic fits.
“We don’t know what’s going on because he has never had this problem before. I know him from a very young age,” said Ndaba, who says he takes Nxumalo as his own son.
Nxumalo first suffered the unfortunate ailment on August 29, the day before his team was to take on BidVest Wits in an MTN 8 semi -final second leg clash. He was hospitalised, and later released.
A few days after that, Nxumalo hogged the headlines as he was crowned player of the month by the Premier Soccer League, following his enviable exploits on the field that saw him net three goals in two games.
Asked about his condition after the fateful epileptic attack, Nxumalo was teary, and asked that he not “talk about that because it still hurts”.
Speaking to The Citizen three weeks ago, Nxumalo was bubbly and looking forward to making a comeback into the team, saying he was hoping for a piece of the action during the MTN 8 final, where Ajax they faced and beat Kaizer Chiefs.
“I am alright now, and I am fit. I can start in the final. I am happy with how well I have been doing. It hurt when I had to be out because of the situation I was in, but I am glad that that is behind me now,” had said then.
He did not make the team on the day of the MTN 8 final, but on September 23 he was in the Ajax starting line-up that was set to play Mamelodi Sundowns in a league game.
However, he didn’t get on the field as he suffered another epileptic fit, minutes before the game was set to start.
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