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By ESPN Staff

Bloemfontein coach killed in car smash

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Robert Banda, coach of South African first division side Bloemfontein Celtic, has died in a car accident.

The incident, which occurred near Bethlehem in South Africa on Tuesday, also left former Zambia coach, Freddie Mwila, seriously injured.

Mwila, who had previously coached Botswana and worked in South Africa at Free State Stars, is Celtic's director of football.

His condition was described as stable by club officials.

Zambian-born Banda is the third foreign coach to die in a car accident in South Africa over the last decade. The others were Malawian Franky Mbale and Bizwell Phiri, a former Zambian international.

The accident comes after one player was killed and six seriously injured when a minibus transporting the Namibian premier league club Friends overturned on Saturday near Windhoek.

The name of the dead footballer has yet to be released but the injured include international defender Hans Witbooi and Immanuel Kooper, the league's leading goal scorer last season.