Young Aussie goalkeeper struck by lightning

Young Socceroos' goalkeeper Stefan Petrovski has been hospitalised and is in intensive care after being struck by lightning in Malaysia.

File image of Stefan Petrovski. (Twitter)

File image of Stefan Petrovski (Twitter) Source: Twitter

Petrovski, 18, of mixed Malaysian and Australian heritage, along with 21 year-old defender Muhd Afiq Azuan were struck by lightning as they left training with second tier Melaka United on Tuesday and were rushed to hospital.

"He (Petrovski) received initial treatment at the emergency unit. After that, he was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit for further treatment," Malacca Hospital director Dr Za'aba Baba was quoted as saying by The Sun on Wednesday.

"His condition is stable and his breathing is supported with a ventilator."

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Team manager Khairi Anuar Ahmad told the Star newspaper Afiq was "conscious and in stable condition".

He added that 29 players were at the youth training session when the incident happened with goalkeeper coach Rosli Hashim and physiotherapist Ahmad Faisal Miswanthat fortunate to escape injury.

Petrovski moved to United this season after previously playing for Australian semi-professional side Sydney Olympic. The club has tweeted its support for the player, saying: “Sydney Olympic FC sends its prays and well wishes to Stefan Petrovski and his family in such a difficult time”.

Malacca Chief Minister Seri Idris Haron said the incident had caught everyone by surprise.

"This is a totally unexpected incident because it was not raining heavily at the time," he told local media.


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Published 7 April 2016 at 8:55am