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TS Galaxy confirm passing of Thembinkosi Mbamba

10:58 GMT+3 25/05/2019
Daniel Cardoso of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Thembinkosi Mbamba of TS Galaxy, May 2019
The Rockets have confirmed the passing of one their star players on Saturday morning

Tragedy has once again befallen South African football, with news of the passing of TS Galaxy midfielder Thembinkosi Mbamba.

The news comes as a major shock as it was barely a week ago that he was part of the starting XI which made history by beating Kaizer Chiefs and lifting the Nedbank Cup.

However, celebrations appear to have been halted with the club confirming the demise of the 23-year-old on Saturday morning.

According to reports, the player was allegedly involved in a fatal accident on Friday night.

“A sad morning for the TS Galaxy family as we woke up to the sad news of Thembinkosi Mbamba's passing. Last week we were celebrating with him, today we mourn him,” the club wrote on Twitter to confirm the news.

“Our sincere condolences to his family during this difficult period. Sleep well young Rocket,” it concluded.

Mbamba joined TS Galaxy at the beginning of the 2018/19 from African All Stars, and although he was limited to just nine league appearances, where he netted once, he was an important figure on the Rockets' road to Nedbank Cup glory.

Mbamba featured in both the semi-final and final of the competition.

Meanwhile, condolences have been pouring in following news of the player's passing with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) also sharing their sympathies with the TS Galaxy players, fans and families.