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Oct 19 2012 7:01AM
 
‘Son of Sekhukhune’, Thomas Madigage dies
Bafana Bafana assistant coach Thomas “Chincha Guluva” Madigage. Picture: Gallo Images
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TNA Reporter and Sapa

Bafana Bafana assistant coach Thomas “Chincha Guluva” Madigage, affectionately known in his rural home as the “Son of Sekhukhune” has died.

Madigage has been killed in an accident near Burgersfort, Limpopo police confirmed on Friday morning.

"We can confirm that he passed away last night between 10pm and midnight," said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

Madigage was alone in his car on the R37 between Polokwane and Burgersfort, when a donkey crossed the road.

"There was one car towing a caravan in front of him. That car managed to swerve and avoid the donkey but he could not. His car hit it," Mulaudzi said.

Mulaudzi sent his condolences to the Madigage family and the soccer fraternity in South Africa. 

Former Bafana Bafana midfield wizard and SuperSport United assistant coach Thomas “Chincha” Madigage was appointed in July by Bafana coach Gordon Igesund as assistant coach.

Having joined the United coaching staff in 2002, Madigage helped the top-flight club win six titles, including three successive league crowns between 2008 and 2010.

The SA Football Association (Safa) was saddened by the news.

"We are shocked and at a loss for words...we are on our way to meet the family and find out what actually happened.

"We would like to pass our sincere condolences to the family, friends and the entire nation on this shocking development," Safa president Kirsten Nematandani said in a statement.

From the files: SuperSport United vs Jomo Cosmos at Caledonian Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa Thomas Madigage in action. Picture: Gallo Images

“Ke tla reng, I do not know what to say!” Madigage said after the appointment. 

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