Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela says Nkanyiso ‘Sgora’ Mngwengwe was the type to leave an indelible footprint on his teammates.
Mngwengwe collapsed at his home in the early hours of Monday but the exact cause of death was yet to be publicly released.
Komphela, who described the late Mngwengwe as humble and modest, hopes the club’s players will take a leaf from the life lessons he left for them as well as the energy he injected.
“He was a great leader, very quiet and influential. The information you get from the youngsters was the support he gave them. He guided them a lot. He helped introduce some of the youngsters into Golden Arrows,” Komphela told FARPost.
Komphela added that Mngwengwe, who played over 140 games for Abafana Bes’thende, was a great human being.
He said the 30-year-old central defender was on the path to recovery from a injury that sidelined him this season.
“Even though he had an injury, he was on his way back. He was a great influence to the youngsters, always willing to help them settle in at the club.”
Mngwengwe, who served as the club’s vice-captain, joined the Durban club in 2013 after being snapped up at then SAB League club Umgeni City Movers FC by former coach Manqoba Mngqithi.
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By Mthokozisi Dube