One of South Africa's top defenders, Anele Ngcongca, has died aged 33. Ngcongca passed on in a horrific car accident near Mtunzini in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday morning.
Sundowns and Amazulu confirmed the soccer star's passing in a joint media statement. He was on the verge of joining Amazulu from Sundowns.
According to emergency personnel on the scene, Ngcongca was declared dead on the scene, while the driver of the car is said to be in a critical condition in hospital.
“Mamelodi Sundowns FC and AmaZulu Football Club are saddened to learn of the tragic passing of former Bafana Bafana player, Anele Ngcongca. 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," read the joint Sundowns and Amazulu statement.
"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,” it said.
Ngcongca played for The Brazilians for four years after a spell at Belgian outfit Genk, and helped Sundowns to secure a domestic treble last season. The former Bafana Bafana player was expected to be unveiled by DSTV premiership side Amazulu FC this week.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, Brigadier Jay Naicker, said circumstances around the accident are still unclear and Mtunzini police are investigating a case of culpable homicide.
Both Sundowns and Amazulu added that details regarding the memorial and burial will be made known after consultation with the family.
The soccer fraternity continues to pay tribute to Ngcongca's family with South African Football Association (SAFA) President Danny Jordan saying he was left “shattered” by the sad news.
Soccer teams such as Genk in Belgium and local clubs Cape Town City, Orlando Pirates and Maritzburg United have also conveyed condolences to the Ngcongca family.