Monday, October 26, 1998 Published at 01:34 GMT
Footballers struck by lightning
Players from both teams dropped to the ground
One minute the 22 players were running around the pitch - the next half of them were on their backs on the turf.
The referee at the Premier Soccer League match in Johannesburg seemed badly shocked and blew his whistle incessantly.
Several players writhed on the grass holding their ears and their eyes. Spectators and coaching staff ran onto the pitch to help
The footballer responded: "It did just a little. I don't know if I'm OK."
Fortunately no-one was killed by the strike.
Accusations of cheating
Members of the team that were two goals down were accused of deliberately collapsing to get the match called off.
Our correspondent in South Africa, Jeremy Vine, says the claim is unfair.
"The combination of bright light and deafening noise was quite literally stunning," he said.
Both teams - Jomo Cosmos and the local team, Moroka Swallows - are now asking questions about why ambulances were not on stand-by during the match. Medical help took a while to arrive.
Several of them had to be carried off the field, and two were taken to hospital where they were treated for shock and irregular heart beats.