Uthongathi FC confirm the passing of chairman Nicholas Mkhize

The National First Division (NFD) side says the South African Police Services are busy investigating the murder of their chairman

The South African football fraternity is dealing with the loss of Uthongathi FC chairman Nicholas Mkhize, who was gunned down on Monday night.

Media reports suggest that the National First Division (NFD) club boss was shot dead by unknown gunmen after the club had its meeting on Monday.

Goal spoke to Uthongathi FC spokesperson Nduduzo Maphumulo, who confirmed the news before revealing that the club will release an official statement on the passing away of Mkhize.

“Yes, for now we are busy issuing a media statement. Things are not really well in our camp and it's very sad to lose the chairman because he was our pillar of strength," Nduduzo Maphumulo told Goal.

"He was the man who always encouraged us and we will issue a stament to map out our plans and how we will progress with our week," he added.

"The matter is with the police and we have to allow them to do their job. We are yet to discuss the details of the funeral and the arrangements, but we will issue an official statement," he concluded.

The club has since released the statemet as promised, confirming that Mkhize will be laid to rest on September 16, 2018.

Uthongathi Statement

With the South African Police Services (SAPS) still investigating the murder of the football boss, who was also a taxi owner, no arrests have been made as yet.

Meanwhile, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) has also issued a statement of condolences on Mkhize's passing.

The NFD side was set to play their league match against neighbours, Real Kings on Saturday in KwaMashu in a match dubbed as the KwaZulu-Natal derby, but the match has since been postponed.

The side also known as the 'Cane Cutters' were crowned ABC Motsepe League champions two seasons ago.

In addition, the KZN outfit is yet to lose a match in the NFD this season after three matches. They have secured a win over Ubuntu Cape Town and drew the other two against Milano FC and against the University of Pretoria.

Goal would like to convey its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mkhize, his club Uthongathi FC and the supporters.