Maimane Phiri ‘responding well to treatment’

South African legendary midfielder Maimane Phiri’s road to recovery is turning out well, as the doctors are pleased with how the ex-player is responding to treatment.

Phiri was shot twice at his own tavern, Kwa Madala Hostel, in Alexandra on Thursday night, with the police confirming that the incident occurred at 7 pm. It was alleged that the gunman killed two people before turning the gun on himself. Phiri was trying to break up a fight when he got shot.

FARPost reported that the former Bafana Bafana international was shot on the hand and leg. Phiri’s sister Eleanor stated that Maimane is making significant progress.

“We have been talking to him, he called his daughter, and they had a video chat. The nurses are very happy with the way he is responding to the treatment,” said Eleanor, as quoted by TimesLive.

“He is in a lot of pain, and the wounds have been bleeding a bit, but he is OK and responding to the medication. He is still sleeping quite a bit at the moment because of the medication he is on, but he can walk and has even been starting physio.

“All in all, things are going as well as can be expected, and he will make a full recovery, which is obviously a big relief to the family. We are very thankful for the medical care he is receiving.”

According to reports, a case of murder and attempted murder has been opened by the police.

Phiri had stints at Moroka Swallows, Ajax Cape Town, Jomo Cosmos, Turkish sides: Vanspor, Genclerbirligi and Samsunspor. He also made 13 appearances for Bafana.

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