Serbian forward Borisa Simanic had one of her kidneys removed after being hit by a South Sudanese player on Sunday. According to reports out of Serbia.
The injury occurred in the final minutes of Serbia’s victory over South Sudan in the last game of the group stage. The play didn’t look like much, Simanich pinned South Sudan’s Noni Umut under the basket, so Umut threw a left-arm elbow to create space and pull up. (The rights holder is removing the video of the damage, but it exists.) That shot entered Simanich’s kidney, he immediately felt pain and left the game and was immediately taken to the hospital. Serbian coach Sotislav Pesic said the next day that the challenge matched his blood type (via Basket News).
Having already been sidelined for the rest of the World Cup following the incident – the Serbian team sat on the bench in their game against his shirt. Italy – A few days later, the news came that Simanich finally lost his kidney.
Omut was asked about this incident by Basket News And the Sudanese player said it was an accident and he is not a dirty player.
“I heard he ended up going to the hospital. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to play a dirty game. I hope you have a speedy recovery. I’m praying for you, be in my prayers,” he said.
“I’m not a dirty player, I’ve never been a dirty player,” Omut continued. I apologize from the bottom of my heart to everyone watching and especially to the player.”
Simanich played last season for Zaragoza of the Spanish ACB league. 6’11” power forward for Utah Jazz In the 2022 NBA Summer League.
Serbia advanced to the knockout stage and will face Lithuania on Tuesday.