Former Black Leopards and Moroka Swallows coach, Walter Rautmann "cheated" death after being revived when his heart stopped beating for 20 seconds.
The vastly experienced mentor who had a three month coaching stint in Dubai was diagnosed with testicular cancer 12 months ago and has been operated on four times since.
Rautmann attributes his condition to when he was kicked by Gora Ebrahim after he substituted Ebrahim at Rabali Blackpool.
“I was gone (dead). My heart stopped for 20 seconds and they had to bring me back,” Rautmann tells the Siya crew.
“The specialist said that because I am so fit, they were able to bring me back. It was frightening and serious at the time, but now I am doing fine,” he further adds.
Last month the crew caught up with Rautmann who advised players to take precautions when coming to their health and to undergo regular cancer-related scans.
Recently the South African football and sporting fraternity has been shocked by the hospitalisation of two of its footballing icons, John “Shoes” Moshoeu who is battling an unknown illness and Neil Tovey who suffered three strokes, though they are now reported to be recovering steadily.
To read the full story of Rautmann’s condition see this week’s issue of Soccer Laduma.