The South African Football Association (Safa) has confirmed the passing of Banyana Banyana long-serving kit manager, Aletta Ngidi.
Ngidi is said to have succumbed to Covid-19 complications on Tuesday morning, 13 July.
The local football governing body stated that Ngidi had been unwell for the past weeks. “We have lost a dedicated servant of the game,” said Safa CEO, Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe.
“This is painful news. Aletta was supposed to be part of the delegation of Banyana Banyana that was scheduled to travel to Netherlands two weeks ago for a friendly match in Zwolle.
“That trip was called off after a number of players and officials tested positive. We are devastated as the Association and we send our heartfelt condolences to her family, colleagues and friends. May her soul rest in peace.’’
Meanwhile, the South African senior women’s football national team coach Desire Ellis added that she was gutted following the passing away of Aletta.
“Aletta was not just a colleague but a family member. There were no dull moments in her presence. She led the singing both in the bus and dressing room and there was always lots of vibe when she is around. This is a massive loss,” concluded Ellis.
By FARPost Reporter