Sydney: An Australian football player passed away on Sunday, after being struck by lightning last month. Eighteen-year-old goalkeeper Stefan Petrovski was struck after training for second-tier side Melaka United in Malaysia on 5 April. He lost consciousness and has now died in hospital.
He was admitted to a Malacca hospital and transferred to an intensive care unit, where a ventilator helped him breathe. Initial signs of recovery preceded a sudden deterioration. The teenager was said to be suffering from a lack of oxygen and swelling on the brain.
Team-mate Muhd Afiq Azuan, 21, was also struck in the incident but regained consciousness.
“I was shocked when I was told of the news,” club vice-president Khairi Anuar Ahmad said.
“He was a dedicated goalkeeper and wanted to be the best in the country. He was very jovial, a good boy, liked by his team-mates.”
Of mixed Australian and Malaysian parentage, Petrovski played for NSW Premier League club Sydney Olympic before departing for Malaysia.