South Africa assistant coach Thomas Madigage was killed in a car crash Thursday. He was 41.
The former FC Zurich player was traveling from Burgersfort to Polokwane in Limpopo on Thursday when his car struck a donkey on the road, causing the fatal accident. The ex-Bafana Bafana international was recently appointed to the technical team of the national side by coach Gordon Igesund, and he had only just arrived back from the internationals against Poland and Kenya.
At one stage, Madigage held the record as the youngest player to appear in a South African league match, doing so when he was 15. He started his career at Jomo Cosmos and moved on to FC Zurich in Switzerland, where he played just one game before a knee injury kept him out for a whole season.
Injuries subsequently plagued his career and he only made four national team appearances.
He ended his playing career at SuperSport United, where he took on a coaching role and was named assistant to Pitso Mosimane and later Gavin Hunt. He stayed in that role for a decade before being elevated to the national team by Igesund.