Mamelodi Sundowns have confirmed the death of 33-year-old defender Anele Ngcongca, following social media reports on Monday morning.
Ngcongca died in a car crash in the early hours of the morning. He had just secured a loan move to AmaZulu for the season.
The Cape Town-born defender had a decorated career in South Africa and Europe. He played for KRC Genk in Belgium where his teammate was Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne. He also found success with Sundowns whom he joined in 2016.
Sundowns and AmaZulu released a joint statement confirming his death
“AmaZulu Football Club and Mamelodi Sundowns FC are saddened to learn of the tragic passing of former Bafana player Anele Ngcongca.
“On Monday (November 23 2020) morning reports surfaced that a South African footballer had lost his life in a car accident in KwaZulu-Natal. It has been confirmed that the player is, in fact, the 33-year-old defender Anele Ngcongca who had been transferred from Mamelodi Sundowns to AmaZulu on loan.
“AmaZulu FC and Mamelodi Sundowns FC extend their deepest condolences to the Ngcongca family, former clubs, teammates, supporters and the broader football fraternity as well as anyone who has been touched by the life of this exceptional football ambassador.
“At this point both clubs would like to request that maximum privacy be afforded the Ngcongca family during this difficult time and allow the pertinent authorities to conduct the relevant investigations.”
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