Safpu to introduce advanced driving training for footballers


Fatal car accidents have taken the lives of some of the brightest and promising footballers in South Africa over the years.

The latest player that has died from a car accident is former Bafana Bafana and Mamelodi Sundowns defender Anele Ngcongca.

However, according to multiple reports, Ngcongca was not driving the car at the time of the accident on the N2 highway in KwaZulu-Natal. A case of culpable homicide has been opened as the driver is in hospital with life-threatening injuries.

South African Football Players’ Union (Safpu) President Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe strongly believes that footballers need to receive advanced driving training lessons in an effort to clampdown the road accidents that have claimed the lives of several Premier Soccer League (PSL) stars.

“Any life lost is one too many,” said Gaoshubelwe who insisted that an advanced driving course won’t necessarily put an end to road accidents but will help hone the players’ driving skills which are important for their own safety and other road users.

Recently, Bloemfontein Celtic duo of Andile Fikizolo and Jabulani Ncobeni survived a car accident as well as Mamelodi Sundowns striker Gift Motupa, who reportedly sustained minor injuries.

“We are very concerned hence we have decided as Safpu to embark on a road education on issues of advanced driving, to say what it is that we need to take care,” Gaoshubelwe told ENCA.

“And we are not saying it will avoid accidents, but if you have done your advanced driving, it will take you through the dos and the donts. Accidents will happen but we are raising these issues based on the incidents that have happened to empower our own people.

“We need all stakeholders to lend a helping hand to ensure that our players can stand for themselves and have the community at large abide by the rules of the road,” added the Safpu President.

According to, there are various types of advanced driving courses (such as 4×4 skills and hi-jack prevention).

The benefits of an advanced driving course include: Lower crash rates, driver self-confidence, improved fuel efficiency and reduced insurance premiums.

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Numerous PSL stars have unfortunately lost their lives behind the wheel, some of them include: Gift Leremi, Lesley Manyathela, Mondli Cele, Cecil Lolo and Richard Henyekane.

“As a nation during this time we lose a lot of people on our roads and we need to be extra careful so we can save our families and from the troubles that come with a loved one passing on.

“A week or two ago Celtic players were involved in an accident, fortunately, they survived, but it is a call for concern.

“All of us as South Africans we need to be careful when it comes to using the roads because without paying proper attention when we drive, we can end up with a situation of losing talent,” concluded Gaoshubelwe.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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