WESTERN CAPE CRICKET is mourning the tragic passing of Lukhanya Tshiki, 22-year old brother of the Boland and Cape Cobras’ batsman Cebo Tshiki.
Lukhanya was a student at the CSA/University of Fort Hare Academy where he was studying a diploma course in Marketing Management via MSC College.
He had previously represented Border Schools at the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola under-19 cricket week in 2010 and 2011 while a student at Queen’s College.
He participated in physical fitness tests with other members of the Academy on Monday, April 18, and suddenly collapsed while his group was taking a breather, according to a statement by Cricket South Africa (CSA).Members of the academy staff endeavoured to revive him before he was transferred to the Alice Hospital where he passed away later the same day from suspected heart failure.
“We have learned with profound sadness of Lukhanya’s passing, and wish to express our deepest condolences to his family, friends and his cricketing colleagues,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the Cape Cobras.
Lukhanya is survived by Cebo and Khanya, and his sister, Neliswa.
Cebo represented SA Schools in 2007 and made his franchise debut for the Cape Cobras during the course of the 2015/16 season. In his last game, he scored a fighting 47 against The Unlimited Titans at Boland Park in Paarl.
The funeral service of Lukhanya is planned for the last weekend of April.
“This tragic event has sent shock waves throughout the Western Cape cricketing fraternity. We would like to ensure the family of our consistent support and availability to lend a helping hand throughout this period of bereavement,” said Dien.