Premier Soccer League Chairperson Irvin Khoza paid a warm tribute to Nkanyiso Mngwengwe following his sad passing on Monday.
The 30-year-old Golden Arrows captain died at his home, with his family, after suffering from heart failure, it has been reported.
Tributes began pouring in from throughout the football fraternity for a person described by most as a true leader; honorable and dependable.
Khoza's message on the PSL website read: "Today we pause to note with respect the untimely and sad passing of the captain of Golden Arrows Football Club, Nkanyiso Mngwengwe.
"We remember Nkanyiso most for his dependability. When Golden Arrows was relegated from the PSL to play in the National First Division (NFD) in 2014, Nkanyiso stayed put. He was part of the core that returned Arrows back to the PSL after only one season in the NFD.
"In keeping with the African naming culture where people earn nicknames through their deeds, Nkanyiso earned himself a deserved nickname as the dependable tower of strength in the Golden Arrows defence and a leader, on and off the field of play – "Sgora".
"Lala kahle Sgora saBafana Bes’thende Golden Arrows, Sgora saMngwengwe, Sgaqagaqa se PSL.
"Kunina mndeni wakwa Mngwengwe and Golden Arrows, take solace in your knowledge that your loss is our loss and a loss to the nation."
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