CAPE TOWN - EFC lightweight, Sibusiso Mdoko, is said to be recovering in hospital after suffering multiple stabwounds to the head in a "vicious" hijacking attempt in Dunoon, Cape Town on Sunday.
This according to the EFC, who released details of the attack on Thursday night. The press release states that Mdoko was attacked "by multiple assailants with knives and broken bottles", and that they attempted to steal his car and gain his bank account information. Mdoko lost conciousness during the attack, but was later transported to hospital.
“We were shocked to hear the news,” said EFC president Cairo Howarth. “Sibusiso has competed with us for many years, he is a courageous athlete and role model to many. He had also just begun a new career as an electrician, a double blow to an already horrendous situation.”
Constantia Insurance Group, official partner to the EFC, have agreed to assist with Mdoko’s medical costs despite their partnership agreement being tied to in-competition injury only
Although injured with multiple stab wounds, Mdoko is in a stable condition. He has undergone several scans which have revealed no permanent internal damage, although a potentially severed tendon in his hand will receive further assessment and treatment tomorrow.
Mdoko recently qualified as an electrician, and is currently working as an intern to gain experience. His injuries have stalled both those aspirations and his continuing career as an athlete. Mdoko's friends have created a BackABuddy campaign, where those that would like to assist can make a contribution.
“This has been a very difficult time,” said Mdoko. “I appreciate everybody’s support and concern, and would like to thank Constantia Insurance for helping me to get the right medical care. I’m looking forward to getting back to fitness, and back to doing what I love.”
ATTACK ON EFC STAR SIBUSISO MDOKO— EFC (@EFCworldwide) September 6, 2018
The highly esteemed EFC athlete Sibusiso Mdoko was attacked in a vicious car-jacking attempt in the Cape Town suburb of Dunoon on Sunday.
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“We are in contact with Sibusiso, and can’t wait to see him back to full health,” said Howarth. “This is an awful situation, and once again Sibusiso has shown the courage and determination that make such a wonderful person and athlete.”