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Thomas Madigage has died in a car accident on Thursday night

Bafana Bafana assistant coach Thomas Madigage was killed in a car accident on Thursday night.

The 41-year-old was travelling from Burgersfort to Polokwane in Limpopo when it appears his car struck a donkey on the road and rolled, killing Madigage.

The former Bafana Bafana international was recently appointed to the technical team of the national side by coach Gordon Igesund, and had only just arrived back from the internationals against Poland and Kenya.

Shy in character, Madigage was much valued for his excellent football brain and was a major ally of SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt as the club won three league titles in a row between 2008 and 2010.

It was often said that, were he a more assertive character, he would have been one of the leading head coaches in the country.

Madigage at one stage held the record as the youngest player to appear in a South African league match aged 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, not nearly enough for a player of his immense quality.

He ended his playing career at SuperSport United where he took on a coaching role and was assistant to Pitso Mosimane and later Hunt. He stayed in that role for a decade before being elevated to the national team by Igesund.

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