United Cricket Club player dead at 38

Shafiq SydowFile image: Shafiq Sydow.

United Cricket Club are in mourning after the death of player Shafiq Sydow.

Sydow, who also played for Glamorgan Cricket Club and Mitchells Plain Cricket Club, suffered a fatal heart attack earlier this week. He was 38 years old.

“We would like to take this opportunity to convey our sincerest condolences to the family of the late Shafiq Sydow,” read a statement from United Cricket Club.

“Shafiq’s time with us may have been minimal, but he touched the hearts and lives of everyone who had the opportunity to play alongside and against him.

“We can never question the All-Knowing’s timing and his decree, but we take solace in the fact that Shafiq’s duty on this earth has been completed.

“He will always be our brother. May the Almighty raise his status and grant him the highest place in heaven.”

Sydow (right) pictured in June 2012, when he captained Mitchells Plain Cricket Club to the Western Province Cricket Association first division C title. They were also named WPCA Club of the Year for that 2011-12 season.

Sydow’s passing comes in the same month as Atlantis Cricket Club’s Rowland Hermanus, Victoria Cricket Club’s Michael Doman,  Cape Town Cricket Club’s Ian Lewis and Primrose Cricket Club’s Saait Magiet.

In December 2017, former United Cricket Club player JP Enslin was murdered.

Enslin was shot in the back while trying to run away from robbers in Cape Town’s CBD on Thursday evening.

1 Comment on "United Cricket Club player dead at 38"

  1. Foazia Sylvester | August 1, 2018 at 1:40 pm | Reply

    Shafiq Sydow started his cricket at MPCC. He returned to the club after the passing of his dad 10 years ago. He captained the side in the then 1D. We gained promotion that year to 1C and clubs was very sceptical about it saying that we wont last in that league. We won the 1C league and also won club of the year for the very 1st time. He took us to the 1B in 2012.

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