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Oct 19, 2012

South Africa assistant killed in car crash

South Africa assistant coach Thomas Madigage was killed in a car crash on Thursday night, police have confirmed.

Madigage, 41, hit a donkey while travelling in the Limpopo province, between Burghersfort and Polokwane. He was declared dead at the scene.

Madigage was driving home from the Bafana Bafana's game against Kenya in Nairobi when the accident happened. He was alone in the car.

"We can confirm that Mr Madigage passed away last night between 22.00 and 00.00 (20.00 BST and 22.00 BST)," police spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi told AFP.

"It was an accident. He was alone. There was a stray donkey that was crossing the road.

"We are shocked and at a loss for words," said South African Football Association President Kirsten Nematandani in a statement. "It was a great loss to the nation and he had great potential."

During a playing career Madigage appeared for Jomo Cosmos, FC Zurich and Pretoria City (who later became SuperSport United).

He then worked as assistant coach at SuperSport under former South Africa coach Pitso Mosimane and Gavin Hunt, with the club winning three league titles, before moving to the national team himself in July 2011.

"SuperSport United would not have achieved the success they did without him," said SuperSport chairman Khulu Sibiya.

"He was a perfect gentleman and I have never seen such loyalty in a person. The way he dealt with players, he never saw a footballer, he always saw a person. He knew all the players' families because he did not believe football ended on the field of play."

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