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Arsenal trialist turned South Africa World Cup star killed in car crash

South Africa’s World Cup star Anele Ngcongca has sadly been killed in a car crash at the age of 33 years old, it’s been confirmed.

The former international, who once had a trial at English Premier League club Arsenal when 19 years old, has died in a car accident on Monday, according to the country’s IPSS Medical Rescue service.

In a statement on their website, IPSS Medical Rescue said it responded to a single vehicle roll-over on the N2 highway near Mtunzini in South Africa.

“On arrival of IPSS advanced life support paramedics, they found an adult male lying approximately 30m from the wrecked vehicle. The man showed no signs of life and was declared dead by paramedics,” said the statement.

According to the IPSS, a female driver was trapped in the wreckage having sustained “critical injuries” but was freed and quickly taken to hospital.

Ngcongca had been playing for AmaZulu on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns to AmaZulu, and both sides from the top tier of South African football, paid tribute to the defender following the accident.

“AmaZulu FC and Mamelodi Sundowns FC extend their deepest condolences to the Ngcongca family, former clubs, teammates, supporters, and the broader football fraternity as well as everyone who was touched by the life of this exceptional football ambassador,” said a joint statement from the two clubs.

Ngcongca helped the Sundowns win a domestic treble last season, represented the South African national team more than 50 times including at the 2010 World Cup on home soil.


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“This 2020 has been a terrible year; economically, socially and we have lost many of our beloved ones,” said South African Football Association President Danny Jordaan.

“Anele’s death just sums up this dreadful year.”

Ngcongca also spent much of his playing career with Belgian side KRC Genk, for whom he made 279 appearances.

“We heard the tragic news about Genkie Anele Ngcongca,” said a statement from the club posted online.

“Our thoughts are with family and friends of our South African ex-player. RIP Anele.”

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois wrote a heartfelt message for his former teammate Anele Ngcongca after hearing about the South African defender’s passing, while Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne also reacted to the tragic news.

“Sad to hear former Genkie Anele is no longer with us,” Courtois wrote on Twitter after discovering the former World Cup star was killed.

“Being one of the most enthusiastic players I have ever met, I’ll always remember your smile and will carry your positive mindset with me. We’ll miss you deeply, my friend.

“My thoughts go out to your family.”

Courtois and Ngcongca shared the pitch during their time together at Genk, while De Bruyne – another former teammate of the Bafana defender – sent his condolences via Instagram stories.

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Youth career
Aces United
FC Fortune

Senior career
2003–2007 – FC Fortune – 60 games (5 goals)
2007–2016 – Genk – 223 games (8 goals)
2015–2016 → Troyes (loan) – 20 games (0 goals)
2016–2020 – Mamelodi Sundowns – 42 games (1 goal)
2020 → AmaZulu (loan) – 0 games (0 goals)

National team
2009–2016 – South Africa – 53 games (0 goals)

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