Soccer

Madigage 'was one of a kind'

2012-10-20 15:09
Thomas Madigage (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Messages of condolences were "pouring in from around the world" for Bafana Bafana assistant coach Thomas Madigage, the SA Football Association (SAFA) said on Saturday.

The governing football body confirmed that a delegation had visited Madigage's family in Driekop, Limpopo, on Friday.

Madigage, a former player and long-time assistant coach at Premiership club SuperSport United, was killed in a car accident near Burgersfort, Limpopo, on Thursday night.

"Thomas represented every sector of society - the church, football and the community - and the outpouring of grief that has resulted from his sudden death is proof of his humble and well-loved nature," SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani said in a statement.

"South Africa will never have another Thomas Madigage, and we as SAFA will work closely with the family in these times of mourning."

Included in the SAFA delegation were Bafana coach Gordon Igesund, second assistant coach Serame Letsoaka, team manager Barney Kujane and head of national teams Ace Kika.

"Tommy was not only my colleague, he was an honest friend, wonderful person and I will not find another sincere individual like him," Igesund said.

"I have been robbed of a true friend."

SAFA said Madigage would be buried in Driekop on October 28.

His memorial service would take place in Johannesburg on Friday.

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