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Tributes stream in for slain football star, Luke Fleurs

SAFA.Net


Tributes poured in on Thursday for Kaizer Chiefs soccer star, Luke Fleurs, who was killed in an apparent hijacking in Gauteng on Wednesday night.

The club said in a statement on Facebook that Fleurs tragically lost his life last night during a hijacking incident in Johannesburg.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time. The SAPS are handling the matter and further details will be communicated in due course."

The Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture also said in a post on X that he was saddened "that yet another life has been cut short due to violent crime."

"My thoughts are with the Fleurs and Amakhosi family, and the entire South African football fraternity," he said.

The South African Football Association also said it was saddened by the news, while tributes also streamed in on X from other clubs.

The Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport Anroux Marais said they were deeply saddened to hear of the death of the Cape Town born player.

"Luke Fleurs was a son of Mitchells Plain and Fish Hoek who excelled in sport from an early age. Mostly playing at centre back on the soccer field, signing for Ubuntu Cape Town's Academy at the age of 13, and playing his first match in the First Division at the tender age of 17.

"He signed up for Supersport United in 2018, moving to Kaizer Chiefs last year. Luke played for the South African under-20 team and was included in the Bafana Bafana squad, although he had not played a game for the national team yet," she said.