Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Shaun Bartlett has joined thousands of South Africans to pay tribute to Golden Arrows skipper Nkanyiso Mngwengwe who died on Monday.
Bartlett was assistant coach to Manqoba Mngqithi when Mngwengwe arrived at Abafana Bes’thende as a 23-year-old from a local team Umngeni City Movers in 2013.
They worked together until 2015 when the former Charlton Athletic striker left at the end of that season after helping the club regain promotion to the Absa Premiership as head coach.
“I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear the passing and sudden death of Nkanyiso Mngwengwe,” said Bartlett.
“When he came across my path in 2013 while still being an assistant coach at Golden Arrows I could see that this player was somebody that’s on a mission and wanted to make a success of his career in football.
“When I became head coach in 2014 he became an integral part of our team in getting the club back into the PSL when I think out of 30 games he played 25 and we never lost a game with him,” added the former Bafana Bafana marksman.
“That was the type of character he was, a true leader, a fighter, always willing to assist and help his teammates and I think he wanted everybody just to be on the same mission as him as far as getting success was concerned. He will be sorely missed. He is a player that never wanted to miss a game, even when he was injured he always wanted to be available to play and I think for me that was a type of a person on just on the field but also off the field as well,” he said.
“My condolences to his family, may God give you strength and peace during these difficult times. As a sudden shock of his passing our prayers are continuously with you and may the Soul of Nkanyiso ‘Sgora’ Mngwengwe rest in Peace.”
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By Ofhani Munyai