Veteran footballer and former Bafana Bafana midfielder Maimane Alfred Phiri,47, has reportedly been admitted to the hospital after he was shot in Alexandra township at a pub on 4th Avenue.
Reports suggest the former Moroka Swallows attacker sustained injuries to his hand and leg and was rushed to hospital after an argument with his alleged attacker, turned violent.
“This was not a robbery but a quarrel ensued between the gunman and Maimane. Maimane is extending his business and wanted to make it bigger but the gunman had issues with Maimane’s plans to extend the business. He had an altercation with Maimane and the other person, that is when he withdrew a gun and shot Maimane and the deceased. He later turned the gun on himself trying to take his own life,” a source told Sunday World.
Another said the details said that they were all having fun at the pub when they heard gunshots from the gate of the joint.
“We all ran to different directions trying to hide. We heard another shot and when we go outside we saw three people lying on the ground and one of them was Maimane.
Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo confirmed that Maimane was indeed shot and the other person died on the scene.
“He is seriously injured but stable. We can also confirm that the shooter also turned the gun on himself and got injured. We are still investigating the cause of the shooting.”
The man who allegedly shot and wounded the former Bafana Bafana star and businessman Maimane Phiri has died in hospital after turning the gun on himself. SAPS says that the suspect succumbed to his injuries at the hospital in Ekurhuleni.
The police have opened a case of murder, attempted murder and an inquest docket after a man allegedly shot two people and shot himself in Alexandra on Thursday at approximately 7 pm.
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Maimane started his career at Alexandra United and also played for Jomo Cosmos, Ajax Cape Town and Supersport United.
He is the founder of the popular Maimane Alfred Phiri games in Alex.
He was part of the Bafana Bafana squad that went to South Africa’s first FIFA World Cup in France and played in Turkey for Gençlerbirliği as well as Vanspor and Samsunspor.