11th soccer star dies on South Africa’s roads

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Johannesburg – Barely a month after the death of South African soccer player Anele Ngcongca in a road traffic accident, Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana star Motjeka Madisha has died in similar circumstances.

The 25-year-old defender died in a car crash in the early hours of Sunday, making him the 11th topflight player to die on South Africa’s roads since the turn of the millennium.

South Africa Football Association president Danny Jordaan said Madisha did not attend Mamelodi Sundowns’ 50th anniversary celebrations just a few hours before his fatal accident.

“I am still trying to ascertain facts of what really transpired but this is terrible news for football. Condolences to Sundowns, his family and entire football family,” Jordaan said

National team coach Molefi Ntseki added: “It is so devastating for such an up-and-coming player to lose his life this way. They don’t come more professional like the late Madisha. He was ever smiling, humble and was the first to arrive and leave the training ground, hence his raising star status. He was a rising star with the right attitude and his positive attitude among other players was always invaluable, said Ntseki.

Football Casualties on SA Roads

Lesley Manyathela (August 9, 2003), Gift Leremi (September 3, 2007), Richard Henyekane (April 7, 2015), Cecil Lolo (October 25, 2015), Mondli Cele (January 17, 2016), Mlondi Dlamini (October 8, 2017), Mogau Tshehla (February 12, 2018), Sinethemba Jantjie (April 1, 2019), Thembinkosi Mbamba (May 25, 2019), Anele Ngcongca (November 23, 2020), Motjeka Madisha (December 13, 2020)

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