KAS Eupen and South African defender Ntuthuko Radebe passed away in a tragic car accident in Newcastle, KwaZulu Natal in the early hours of Tuesday.
Radebe, a 22-year-old defender, moved to Belgium as a teenager in 2012, and he helped Eupen into the top-flight football during the 2016/17 season.
He graduated from the Aspire Academy in Qatar along with former Kaizer Chiefs and Eupen winger Phakamani Mngadi and Happy Simelela‚ who was most recently playing in Armenia.
Radebe represented South Africa at Under-17 level, but he was unfortunate to miss out of the 2016 Olympic squad.
Here's how Twitter reacted to the sad news of his sudden death.
RIP Ntuthuko Radebe. Condolences to his family and friends. — black child (@IamBlackChild) July 5, 2017
Ntuthuko Radebe RIP young king — Chris.aleksander (@ChrisAleksander) July 5, 2017
RIP Ntuthuko Radebe god took you too early you still had so much to give to SA soccer — Mpondomise (@PrinceSobayeni) July 5, 2017
Belgian club KAS Eupen confirmed that South African footballer Ntuthuko Radebe died in a car accident in SA yesterday, age 22. — Cindy Poluta (@CindyPoluta) July 5, 2017
Our heartfelt condolences to Radebe's family, teammates and family from Goal South Africa.