Former Mamelodi Sundowns defender Anele Ngcongca has tragically passed away in a car accident in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday morning, according to reports.
The 33-year-old, who recently joined AmaZulu, was involved in a motor accident in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday morning along with his female companion.
It was confirmed that Ngcongca died on the scene after he reportedly was thrown from the vehicle, while his companion is currently in a critical condition in hospital.
Police spokesperson, Brigadier Jay Naicker released the following statement on the matter, which reads:
'It is alleged that this morning at 05:00, a vehicle with two occupants lost control and overturned on the N2 freeway near Mtunzini. A 33-year-old man was declared dead at the scene.'
'The driver sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital for medical attention. The circumstances surrounding the incident are still under investigation. A case of culpable homicide has been opened for investigation by Mtunzini SAPS.'
Over the course of his career, Ngcongca has scored 11 goals and assisted a further 17 from 407 appearances across all competitions playing for KRC Genk, ES Troyes AC and Mamelodi Sundowns.
Sundowns and AmaZulu have since released a joint statement on the passing of Ngcongca:
'Mamelodi Sundowns FC and AmaZulu Football Club and are saddened to learn of the tragic passing of former Bafana Bafana player, Anele Ngcongca.'
'On Monday (23 November 2020) morning reports surfaced that a South African footballer had lost his life in a car accident in KwaZulu Natal. It has since 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 everyone who was touched by the life of this exceptional football ambassador.
'At this point, both clubs would like to request that maximum privacy be afforded to the Ngcongca family during this very difficult time and allow the pertinent authorities to conduct the relevant investigations.
'More details will follow regarding the memorial and burial after consultation with the family.
'Lala Ngoxolo Dlomo, Madiba, Yem-Yem!'
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