Former PSL coach, Walter Rautmann, is encouraging footballers to undergo cancer-related tests regularly for the benefit of their careers.
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The Austrian, who was renowned for saving PSL clubs from relegation and earned the nickname ‘Mr Fitness’ along the way, told the Siya crew that he doesn’t want current footballers to be as unfortunate as him, after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
“I have a very important message for players out there, both amateur and professional. Remember when I was kicked by Gora Ebrahim when I substituted him at Rabali Blackpool? I have since been diagnosed with testicular cancer and I’ve just come out of an operation. This is a dangerous disease and I’ll be going to Dubai for two weeks, where the team I was coaching there will help me undergo another operation.
"What I’d like to tell the players is that they must have their testicles checked at least once a year. You could get kicked in the balls and that’s something you shouldn’t take for granted. The reality is, you could get testicular cancer and die from it. I’ve been fighting the illness for a year now and it’s a German doctor who operated on me. I’m told one in 100 soccer players get the disease,” said Rautmann.
During his time as the coach of Blackpool in1995, Rautmann was kicked in the chest by one of his players at the time, Ebrahim, in one of their games at Thohoyandou Stadium.
Rautmann was hospitalised with fractured ribs after the incident, while Ebrahim was escorted out of the stadium by the police in fear for his safety.