Domestic football is in shock following the tragic news of the untimely death of the former South African under-20 captain, Oshwin Andries, on the weekend. The Stellenbosch FC player allegedly stabbed to death on late on Saturday night.
The 19-year-old Oshwin Andries was repeatedly stabbed with a sharp instrument while at a gathering in Klapmuts, Cape Winelands.
According to his brother Lee-Irwin, who was there with him, says that the attack ensued after teasing and joking which then infuriated the suspect. “He stabbed my brother from the side, repeatedly.”
At the age of 18, the talented young player Andries made his professional debut, he was the club’s youngest-ever goal scorer in the Premier Soccer League. His death came after he celebrated Stellenbosch’s derby win over Cape Town City.
Andries reportedly received treatment for stab wounds before being released, and he appeared to be in good spirits as he frequently visited the club’s training grounds without getting involved. Six days later, while being transported to the hospital, he succumbed to his wounds in his mother’s arms.
Lee-Irwin said his brother was the “wizard with magical feet and the Einstein of football”. He said that nothing will ever be the same and his brother will be dearly missed.
In a statement released by the PSL they indicated that a moment of silence will be observed ahead of this week’s Nedbank Cup round of 32 ties.
“The Premier Soccer League is shocked and saddened by the untimely passing of young Stellenbosch FC defender, Oshwin Andries.
The League sends heartfelt condolences to the Andries family, Stellenbosch FC, and the football fraternity at large.
“The PSL will observe a moment of silence at this week’s DStv Diski Challenge, DStv Premiership, Motsepe Foundation Championship, and Nedbank Cup fixtures commencing on Sunday.
“May his soul repose peacefully.”
Stellenbosch will host Swallows at 15:00 on Saturday afternoon at the Danie Craven Stadium in the Nedbank Cup round of 32.