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SAFA president Danny Jordaan: 'Anele's passing just sums up this dreadful year'

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Anele Ngcongca of Bafana Bafana during the Nelson Mandela Challenge match between South Africa and Ivory Coast at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Port Elizabeth.
Anele Ngcongca of Bafana Bafana during the Nelson Mandela Challenge match between South Africa and Ivory Coast at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Port Elizabeth.
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  • SAFA president Danny Jordaan has shared his condolences on the passing of former Bafana Bafana defender Anele Ngcongca.
  • Ngcongca died in a car accident in the early hours of Monday morning in KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Jordaan said he was left shattered by the news and added that it sums up the terrible year 2020 has been.


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.

READ | Former Bafana Bafana, Mamelodi Sundowns defender Anele Ngcongca dies in car accident

The 33-year-old was confirmed to have died in a car accident in KwaZulu-Natal in the early hours of Monday morning.

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.

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."

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