South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan shared his condolences while adding that he was left “shattered” following the tragic passing of former Bafana Bafana international Anele Ngcongca on Monday.
The 33-year-old was confirmed to have died in a car accident in KwaZulu-Natal in the early hours of Monday morning. He died just a few days after his ex girlfriend, Kwaito legend, Mshoza, died from complications related to diabetes.
Sport24 learned that Ngcongca was in a car being driven by a female companion, understood to be his agent, on the N2 and that he succumbed to his injuries after being flung from the vehicle.
“2020 has been a terrible year, economically, socially and we have lost many of our beloved ones,” Jordaan said. “Anele’s death just sums up this dreadful year.”
Jordaan also demanded that action be taken to curb similar incidents claiming further lives of footballers on South African roads.
“We have lost a number of our players through road accidents and I cannot explain enough the importance of adhering to speed limits and other driving regulations.
“Do not drink and drive. Do not speed beyond the allowed speed limit and take rest when tired,” he added.
The President, Dr Patrice Motsepe, the Board of Directors, Technical Team, Players, Management, Staff, Supporters of Mamelodi Sundowns FC & the entire Masandawana Family express their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Anele Ngcongca who passed away today. pic.twitter.com/aOI2s4giIg
— Mamelodi Sundowns FC (@Masandawana) November 23, 2020
Similarly the SA Football Players Union, SAFPU, also called for awareness to be raised on an alarming trend in SA football.
“We as SAFPU are not really happy and we need to ensure that something is done, be it educating players on the dangers of the road while under the influence,” Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe said.
“We need to ask, what are the life skills? What are we doing to ensure that we help them? We’re not saying that we will stop all these things but we can help.
“All stakeholders including us, the media and clubs need to raise awareness on this very important issue and appeal especially to younger players.”
Former Bafana Bafana defender Anele Ngcongca has passed on after a car accident in KwaZulu Natal. He had just joined AmaZulu.#FARPost is deeply saddened and conveys its condolences to Ngcongca’s family. May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/6CxlooAvlz
— FARPost_ZA (@FARPostZA) November 23, 2020
RIP Anele Ngcongca
Soccer Laduma sends condolences to family and friends of the departed star and all those affected by his passing. pic.twitter.com/xR3PMLGOy5
— Soccer Laduma (@Soccer_Laduma) November 23, 2020
Anele Ngcongca has passed away in car accident. #RIPAnele
3 times a Premiership Winner in SA
Belgium League Winner
CAF Super Cup Winner
Over 50 caps for Bafana Bafana
The loss to South African Football is immeasurable
— Thomas Mlambo (@thomasmlambo) November 23, 2020
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