- Shaun Bartlett has broken his silence over the passing of his good friend Nkanyiso Mngwengwe
- The two soccer players had been teammates when the helped they Golden Arrows get promoted back into the Absa Premiership
- Mngwengwe is fondly remembered for the dedication he had for the sport and his team
Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Shaun Bartlett has acknowledged his former teammate Nkanyiso Mngwengwe. The soccer player passed away on Monday.
They had worked together during the 2014/15 season when they helped the Golden Arrows get promoted back into the Absa Premiership.
Briefly.co.za learned that Bartlett issued a statement conveying his condolences:
"To say I'm deeply saddened and shocked is an understatement," Bartlett shared to the KZN media group.
"When he came across my path in 2013, my memories arriving in training and looking at this skinny boy telling me he is a central defender, I couldn't believe it.
"But I could see that this player was somebody on a mission who wanted to make a success of his career in football. Then when you saw him in the matches, he always had that never-die attitude.
"When I became head coach in 2014 he became an integral part of the team that got Golden Arrows back to the Absa Premiership. I think out of 30 games he played 25, and we never lost a game with him.
"That was the type of character he was, a true leader, a fighter, always willing to assist and help his teammates. Reserved and soft-spoken, but when it came to his commitment to the game he was always determined to make a difference.
"My nickname for him was always 'Mbazo' because you know whoever came in his way he would chop up and make sure that it's either the player or the ball."
Mngwengwe was known for his physicality and for putting his team first, which is something his teammates would always remember about him, according to KickOff.
"That was his attitude throughout his career. He always wanted to play and give his best. He was always ready to die for the club and me. That's a huge honour as a coach.
"I'm very saddened by his passing. It's a loss to South African football. He will deeply be missed by myself and everyone. Hopefully, his family will find peace during this time."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Nkanyiso Mngwengwe passed away. The former Lamontville Golden Arrows captain collapsed at his house on Monday morning, according to the club.
The 30-year-old passed away in the early hours of the morning. Nkanyiso made his debut for Arrows in August 2013 and went on to play more than 140 matches for the club.
After news broke of his passing, South Africans have mourned Mngwengwe's death on social media.
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