Anele Ngcongca. File photo: GALLO IMAGES/GRANT PITCHER
Anele Ngcongca. File photo: GALLO IMAGES/GRANT PITCHER

The nation has continued to pay tribute to former Bafana Bafana defender Anele Ngcongca following his death in a motor accident on Monday morning.

The 33-year-old Ngcongca‚ who won a number of titles with former club Mamelodi Sundowns but was in the process of moving to AmaZulu on loan from The Brazilians, was on his way to Durban with another person in the vehicle when the accident happened.

The SA Football Association (Safa)‚ Sundowns and AmaZulu paid tribute to the well-travelled player.

The two Premier Soccer League clubs confirmed Ngcongca passed away in the accident but also requested that his family be afforded maximum privacy.

“AmaZulu FC and Mamelodi Sundowns FC extend their deepest condolences to the Ngcongca family‚ teammates‚ supporters and the broader football fraternity‚ as well as everyone who was touched by the life of this exceptional football ambassador‚” the two sides said.

Safa president Danny Jordaan said this has been a difficult year and it continues to extract a heavy toll.

Jordaan said while Ngcongca’s passing was terrible‚ a plan needs to be made to stem road deaths among footballers.

“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, and take rest when you’re tired‚” Jordaan said.

Ngcongca‚ who spent most of his club career with KRC Genk in Belgium before moving to Sundowns‚ was capped 53 times by Bafana Bafana.

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