Australian-born Malacca keeper in hospital after lightning strike

It is still not known whether Australian-born goalkeeper Stefan Petrovski will ever play football again as he fights to recover after being struck by lightning at training on Tuesday.

Malacca United’s third-choice keeper is stable but has been sedated at the Malacca Hospital after being struck by lightning.

We are deeply concerned with Petrovski’s condition and we hope he will recover and play football again

- FAM

The 18-year-old was training with the Malacca’s President Cup team when it happened.

Malacca Football Association deputy president Datuk Mohd Yusoff Mahadi said the extent of his injuries will be known in 48 hours.

“It was a freak incident as Petrovski and the other players were about to walk out of the training pitch when it happened,” Yusoff told FourFourTwo.

“Coach G. Torairaju along with the team physio and a defender were also affected by the impact but they recovered. However, Petrovski collapsed and had to be given CPR until we arrived at the hospital.

“The doctors have done a complete scan on Petrovski’s brain, heart, lungs, and they are also monitoring his blood pressure and heart beat. Everything seems to be OK.

“Physically he is fine, but we will never know whether there is brain damage until he wakes up. It will be known in 48 hours.”

Yusoff said his family members from Australia and agent Scott Ollerenshaw were arriving in Malacca late on Wednesday.

“It is a lesson to everyone. All teams must have a medical team stationed during training. Luckily, we had a physio at the training ground when it happened,” Yusoff added.

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) general-secretary Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said teams must avoid training in bad weather.

“We are deeply concerned with Petrovski’s condition and we hope he will recover and play football again. I have checked and he is reportedly stable,” said Hamidin.

Petrovski is registered as a local player with Malacca after recently being granted Malaysian citizenship.

Photo: Malacca FA