Safa president Dr Danny Jordaan and South Africa men’s national team mentor Molefi Ntseki have paid tribute to the late Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana defender Motjeka Madisha.
The 25-year-old passed on in a horrific car accident in the early hours of this past Sunday.
The Bafana Bafana coach said he was still trying to come to terms with the sad news following the aftermath of the passing of former Bafana defender Anele Ngcongca.
“It is so devastating for such an up-and-coming player to lose his life this way. They don’t come more professional like the late Madisha. He was ever-smiling, humble and was the first to arrive and leave the training ground,” Ntseki told SAFA.net.
Ntseki went on to say that Madisha was one of the players who had passed through all age groups until he graduated into Bafana Bafana. He added that Madisha was a pivotal member of the team attempting to reach both the Afcon and Fifa World Cup tournaments.
“He was a rising star with the right attitude and his positive attitude among other players was always invaluable,” Ntseki stated.
“This is sad for football. To his family, club and football fraternity in general, we are gutted and devastated; my deepest condolences. We are hurt but hope his spirit will be a driving force to our attempts to reach the Afcon and Fifa World Cup tournaments.”
Safa president Dr Jordaan has expressed his shock and regret about the passing of the rising star.
Dr Jordaan said he was at a loss of words especially after he attended Mamelodi Sundowns’s 50th Anniversary on Saturday evening at the Sandton Convention Centre.
“I am still trying to ascertain facts of what really transpired but this is terrible news for football. Condolences to Sundowns, his family and the entire football family,’’ says Safa president.
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