SAFA shocked at coach death

2012-10-19 08:14

Johannesburg - SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani says they have been shocked by the death of assistant Bafana Bafana coach Thomas Madigage.

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

"We can confirm that he passed away last night between 22:00 and midnight," said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

Madigage, 41, 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 sent his condolences to the Madigage family and the soccer fraternity in South Africa.

Madigage, a long-serving assistant coach at Premiership club SuperSport United, was appointed assistant to new Bafana Bafana mentor Gordon Igesund in July.

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," SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani said in a statement.

"We would like to pass our sincere condolences to the family, friends and the entire nation on this shocking development."


  • thami.lawrencengubeni - 2012-10-19 08:21

    Rest in peace Tommy, I saw him yesterday and little did I know it was the last time.

      summer.mackenzie.96 - 2012-10-19 08:25

      You have that good memory then. Its a wake up call for me constantly that we never know when its our time and should treat each day as though it was our last...RIP Mr Madigage

      itumeleng.mogaki - 2012-10-19 08:49

      R.I.P, big loss for SA"s soccer fratenity.

      nuus.reeder - 2012-10-19 10:32

      Clifford, the problem is that fences erected to keep animals off the roads are constantly stolen. Its a sad culture that has crept into our country ... and it kills people. Even at 60 km / hour an impact with a large animal can cause death. People should think about their actions - stealing these fences is the same as murder with aggravating circumstances.

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-10-19 10:47

      The owner for that donkey should also be prosticuted. The donkeys are left to go where ever they want and not watched. The animals are running wild all over the townships. The spca needs to get more involved

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-10-19 08:24

    shocked after reading about this, a true legend indeed and a very humble person he was - may his soul rest in peace and also condolences to his family

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-10-19 10:39

      Why are the peple not tied up the donkeys for safety. Now there is animals running around all over all the townships

  • msendi - 2012-10-19 08:25

    Ukufa kuyinuku. Lala uphumule. Uyibekile induku ebandla…

  • Zwakele Zwelakhe - 2012-10-19 08:28

    Its a sad day for South Africa, He was a great leader may his soul rest in peace.

  • ryan.macdougall - 2012-10-19 08:28

    I feel for the faimly and for all who knew him. It just sad that it take a famious person to be killed to bring to attention the problems that we face on the road. bHad it been Joe soap no one but their family would know, just another statistic.

      mohlanka.molapo.5 - 2012-10-19 11:29

      your comment suggests nothing shld be said on the circumstances around his death...unfortunate. He was a humble person who didn't ask to be famous, if you got anything against that. Gordon and those around him have lost a companion. met them at the polo shop-woodmead, day before their departure to brazil.always ready to engage strangers, and very positive.

  • Elia Hlulani - 2012-10-19 08:34

    R.I.P mr Madigage #sad#

      solani.magoda - 2012-10-19 08:59

      im very much shocked abt d death of Mr Madigage as we use to dance mukhukhu together at Moria, may his soul rest in peace; Bonaparte Manganyi

  • nicholas.mfanawakhe - 2012-10-19 08:38

    South Africa has lost a true leader, rest in peace Mr Madigage.

      emmanuel.leburu - 2012-10-19 09:11

      it wont b easy to 4get him but it wil be easy remember.MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PEACE.

  • Shamzewaduhaha - 2012-10-19 08:39

    Donkey crossing the road at night? Limpopo at it again.

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-10-19 08:55

      Bamloye nge angle :(, may his soul RIP

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-19 10:31

      You should try Botswana at night!

  • thabo.malose.31 - 2012-10-19 08:41

    Great loss to the family and friends and the entire SA football. Bafana bafana must win the coming afcon for him.

  • nthete.moalosi - 2012-10-19 08:44

    Rip legend.

  • teboho.martin.3 - 2012-10-19 08:44

    SA has lost a true soccer legend,and they said he was on his way to visit his sick mother I wonder how I she taking this sad new,my deepest condolesence to thomas family and SA football may his soul rest in peace!“Sad”

  • TheMcAttack - 2012-10-19 08:49

    Very sad news, a gentleman and a true credit to South African sports

  • Yolanda Dladla - 2012-10-19 08:52

    May his soul rest in peace. He will be sadly missed by his fans, co-workers and most his family.

  • Fixzoza - 2012-10-19 08:53

    I was in Burgersfort last month and there are so many donkeys more than people living there, they are everywhere 24/7, not taken care of.. - 2012-10-19 09:07

      Those animals are making that road unsafe, more esp @ night. I drive there often and i've had some close calls on some occasions.

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  • magau.thomas - 2012-10-19 08:56

    We have lost true soccer legend my God be with his family.

  • siyabonga.p.masinga - 2012-10-19 08:58

    Rest in peace Thomas, You Left a good mark in our Country

  • Jeoffrey Manganye - 2012-10-19 08:58

    Robala ka kgotso ngwana wa sione.

  • itumeleng.lesufi.5 - 2012-10-19 08:58

    sa has lost a great hero including his family, may his soul rest in peace

  • mark.singh.9889 - 2012-10-19 09:02

    Sad day for SA sport. RIP Thomas

  • philani.ngcobo - 2012-10-19 09:03

    R.I.P Madigage.

  • sam.dash.737 - 2012-10-19 09:04

    RIP Couch Madigage

  • Kj Moyake - 2012-10-19 09:04

    May His Soul Rest in peace!! a true legend,bafana future coach

  • ttaukobong - 2012-10-19 09:16

    A very disciplened player during his soccer playing days I was not amazed to see gordon appointing him as his assistance gordon has no doubt as well as me that thomas was good south africa has lost and he was a god fearing man. He achieved a lot winning the championship several times with supersport I was very shocked and amazed to hear this news about thomas.a mowa wa lesole le o robale ka kagiso.

  • teboho.lerotha - 2012-10-19 09:17

    Its time that dogs, cats, cows and donkeys wear reflectors at night in Limpopo

      nuus.reeder - 2012-10-19 10:35

      Its time people took care of their animals, then they would not roam around uncontrolled. If a person dies when striking the animal of a commercial farmer, the farmer is held accountable. Its time ALL people are held accountable for their actions.

  • jabulani.mabaso.79 - 2012-10-19 09:17

    We are all saddened by Thomas' death and wish his soul to rest in peace

  • poshposh.madikane - 2012-10-19 09:18

    This is rather sad, may his soul rest in peace

  • M.T.Selepe - 2012-10-19 09:19

    Shocking news indeed,He just came back on Tuesday from a 2-1 victory against Kenya and then this,we lost someone great and its sad!

  • Kleinbooi Mogashoa - 2012-10-19 09:19

    #sad# robala ka kgotso leswika modimo le badimo ba geno ba be le wena ka nako tsohle! o senatla gare ga dinatla May your soul rest in peace Mr T Madigage

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  • ntshembolloyd.shibambu - 2012-10-19 09:24

    R.I.P legend.if we had a plan to put all our donkies in closed doors during the night,i dnt like this animal behavier in the roads.

  • mkansig - 2012-10-19 09:27

    Is bad ,what happen nd we had to except it . RIP madigage

  • ikarolia1 - 2012-10-19 09:31

    Shock to hear of Thomas passing,remember him as a true gentleman

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-10-19 09:35

    We have just seen Him of Friday, now He is gone ? Mhhh RIP TM, its so sad how death can happen tjo, shocked

  • Lebo Jobo - 2012-10-19 09:37

    sad and if only animal owners can keep their animals off the roads during the Day and Night, they are also a killer and danger like driving under influence and what is sad owners never come forward after accidents

  • lethokuhle.forbay - 2012-10-19 09:39

    Rest in peace Thomas Madigage hope you at peace with your maker because at the end that is all that matters. John 3:3 "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

      innocent.mogolobaneng - 2012-10-19 10:14

      Rest in peace general madigage is a big loss 4 te south african

  • Cmindloz Ndlovu Émsunduze - 2012-10-19 09:41

    The hall nation had a Big lost.I wld like also to send my condolences Madigage's family.Nkulunkulu uyena owasipha uThomas usemthathile futhi.Engathi engalala ngokuthula.

  • mogoshadi.lebopo - 2012-10-19 09:48

    life is too short indeed R.I.P Mr Madigaga... may ur soul rest in peace...only the man above knw y He took u so soon.. ur legendary memories will always be in our minds....

  • mphela.kelatu - 2012-10-19 09:57

    mokgapa o mogolo o wele!!!!! a moya wa gagoe o robale ka khutjo thobela...............

  • sbonelo.mlaba - 2012-10-19 09:58

    Really a sad day for South African Sport, Rest in Peace Thomas Madigage, you played your part in SA soccer

  • thamifraser - 2012-10-19 10:03

    Rest in Peace General Thomas Madigage.

  • sibusisomahlangu.sibusisomahlangu - 2012-10-19 10:06

    Rest in peace Thomas

  • Mxolisi - 2012-10-19 10:06

    Sad loss for Tommy i remember the other day watching Mzansi legends whn they were hosting him,.the man was so humble he even cried on the studio i was touched by his humbleness we will mic u Tony as Shakespear wud say ''Life is like a stage where one has to perform and go" RIP Shintsha Madigage

  • mxeki.maduvula - 2012-10-19 10:09

    There is a Xitsonga idiom that goed by: \homu yo koka ngopfu ku biwa yona ntsena\ meaning \ the beast that pulls harder is whipped all the times\! \r\n\r\nYour deeds have counted!\r\n \r\nRobala ka kgotso setlogolo sa bo Engenas le bo Edward!

  • matthews.mankge - 2012-10-19 10:11

    A very big loss for SA football, is just unfortunate that one idiot is always pointing down finger on all this condolences. May his soul Rest In Peace.

  • steve.matsane - 2012-10-19 10:14

    Life's too short indeed....

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-10-19 10:15

    Sad news, we will miss you.

  • mabona.sinethemba - 2012-10-19 10:18

    R.I.P Tommy you have played a big role in s.a soccer team we will miss you man.

  • thembapat.mthini - 2012-10-19 10:24

    May his soul rest in peace, condolences to the family.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-19 10:30

    Why a picture of somebody else?

      vincent.makgale - 2012-10-19 11:26

      I agree wth u mr