The 20-year-old Muzilikazi Manyike, who has been missing since late last year, has ended in tragedy after his body was identified by family at the Ga-Rankuwa police station. He disappeared last year, which resulted in his ommission from the Lions successful Under-21 campaign.

The Former SA Schools captain body had been identified, but that a cause of death was still not known at this stage. Manyike, who was set to join the national sevens academy in January, was reportedly found on the R101 near Hammanskraal on 20 November, two days after he was last seen on CCTV footage in Pretoria North.

Lions CEO Rudolf Straeuli said: “On behalf of myself, our chairman, Mr Altmann Allers and everyone in Lions Rugby, I want to send out deepest sympathies to the Manyike family. We honestly cannot believe it and it’s hard to find words right now.”

The former Jeppe Boys High Head Boy has played age group rugby for the Lions at every level, and was in line play for the Baby Boks in 2020.

“The family is working with the South African Police Service to establish the circumstances surrounding his death. We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the South African society as a whole.” A family spokesperson said. #ladi_jaja?

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