Former Bafana Bafana defender Anele Ngcongca was laid to rest on Thursday in a funeral attended by hundreds of mourners in Gugulethu, Cape Town.
Ngcongca passed away two weeks ago after a horrible road accident in KwaZulu-Natal.
Amongst the dignitaries who paid tribute to Ngcongca include Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi, teammate Hlompho Kekana, representatives from Belgian club Genk, SAFA Western Cape representatives, Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, friends and family.
Mngqithi paid a touching tribute to Ngcongca, describing the 33-year-old as a selfless leader.
“Anele was a very‚ very different person. No wonder he has touched so many,” Mngqithi told mourners.
“He was kind‚ selfless and there was nothing he liked more than winning and nothing he hated more than losing. It is very difficult to know his contribution if you are not a player or tactician.
“He was competing with Thapelo Morena but still wanted Thapelo to play ahead of him‚ that is how fair he was. The people of Gugulethu you were blessed‚ it is very difficult to find fault in a human being like Anele,” continued Mngqithi.
“When we say he was a leader what do we mean? In one of the books by John Maxwell, he says a good leader is trustworthy‚ intelligent‚ courageous and humane, Anele had all those attributes. In the society that we live in now‚ we tend to be too big for our shoes but Anele was not that,” he added.
Ngcongca leaves behind his mother, daughter, siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins, his aunts and uncles.
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By Ofhani Munyai