Bongi Ntuli dies aged 32, SA Football player passed away after a battle with Cancer

Bongi Ntuli dies aged 32. (Source: Facebook)
Bongi Ntuli dies aged 32. (Source: Facebook)


Bonginkosi Ntuli, a renowned South African professional soccer player who was commonly referred to as Bongi Ntuli, has sadly passed away. He was widely recognized for his role as a striker for AmaZulu Football Club, one of the prominent soccer teams in South Africa. Ntuli’s untimely demise has deeply saddened the sports community and fans alike.

Keep reading to know more about the player Bongi Ntuli and his cause of death in detail.

Bongi Ntuli passed away

We regret to inform you of the unfortunate passing of Bongi Ntuli. AmaZulu Football Club, the team he was affiliated with, has shared this tragic news on their official Facebook page. The untimely demise of Bongi Ntuli is a deeply saddening event that has cast a somber shadow over the soccer enthusiasts and the wider community, evoking a strong sense of sorrow.

Bongi Ntuli cause of death

AmaZulu, the renowned DStv Premiership football club, has revealed the devastating news that Bonginkosi Ntuli was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of cancer in the very recent past.

The tragic sequence of events began when Ntuli was rushed to the hospital a little over a month ago due to complaints of chest pains, occurring just before a league match against Polokwane City. Tragically, this malignant condition rapidly metastasized, spreading throughout his body, and sadly, he succumbed to this illness at the Midlands Medical Centre Private Hospital in Pietermaritzburg this afternoon.

The club wrote,

“Ntuli was (very recently) diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, which metastasised 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 to his family and friends at this difficult time. Further announcements will be made in due course.”

Originating from KwaZulu-Natal, Bonginkosi Ntuli had recently experienced a significant milestone in his life. He had exchanged vows with the club’s CEO, Sinenjabulo Zungu, in an extravagant wedding ceremony held in September. It’s worth noting that Sinenjabulo Zungu is the daughter of the club’s owner and president, Sandile Zungu.

The passing of Bonginkosi Ntuli marks an incredibly sorrowful moment for the AmaZulu community and the wider soccer world. His courageous struggle against cancer, juxtaposed with the recent joy of his marriage, illustrates the diverse emotions that characterized his life, intensifying the poignancy of his loss.

Who was Bongi Ntuli?

Ntuli’s professional journey commenced in the Vodacom League with Sobantu Shooting Stars before he transitioned to the reserve team of Golden Arrows. His debut for the Arrows took place in January 2012. Subsequently, he made a move to Mamelodi Sundowns in 2014, but he encountered challenges securing a spot in the team.

Just six months later, he embarked on a loan stint with AmaZulu. Between 2015 and 2018, Ntuli found himself on loan at Platinum Stars. In July 2018, Ntuli undertook a trial period with Djurgårdens IF in Europe. However, his transfer to Europe didn’t materialize due to a financial disagreement between Ntuli and Djurgardens.

In August 2018, it was officially announced that Ntuli had returned to AmaZulu, initially on loan. This arrangement eventually became permanent, forming part of a swap deal that resulted in his stay with AmaZulu while Emiliano Tade made the move in the opposite direction to join Sundowns.


Numerous individuals have taken to Facebook to convey their heartfelt condolences and sympathy. The social media platform has become a space for an outpouring of grief and support for Bonginkosi Ntuli, his family, and the AmaZulu community.

Journalist Lorenz Kohler wrote: “RIP 🙏Bongi Ntuli has sadly passed away after a battle with cancer, aged 32. Condolences to family, friends and AmaZulu – a true warrior and servant of the game gone too soon.”

Journalist Nkululeko wrote: “Bonginkosi 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. The AmaZulu FC striker has since passed away. RIP Bongi!”

Kaizer Chiefs Chat wrote: 🕊️ RIP BONGI NTULI 🕊️✌🏾✌🏾▪️AmaZulu have confirmed the untimely passing of forward Bonginkosi Ntuli following a brief battle with cancer.▪️Everyone at Kaizer Chiefs Chat wishes to extend their condolences to the player’s family, the club and all those close to him 🤍

The news of Bongi Ntuli’s passing has sent shockwaves through the soccer world, leaving a void that will be challenging to fill. He will be remembered not only for his sporting achievements but also for the indelible mark he left on the hearts of those who followed his career and admired his talent. His legacy will continue to live on in the memories of those who had the privilege of witnessing his contributions to the beautiful game.


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