Richard Henyekane, a former South Africastriker, has been killed in a car crash.
The 31-year-old Free State Stars player was travelling with four others in a vehicle but was the only one to die in the crash. Henyekane made nine appearances for South Africa in 2009. He was on loan at the club from Pretoria’s Mamelodi Sundowns.
Henyekane was used as a substitute in Stars’ 1-0 loss to AmaZulu at Durban in the Premier Soccer League on Saturday.
South African media reported the crash happened in Bethlehem, the town in central South Africa where Free State Stars are based.
Other South African clubs, the South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan, and the minister of sport have all sent messages of condolence for Henyekane.
Henyekane’s younger brother, Joseph, who was also a footballer, died in December. South Africa has a poor road safety record. The former 800m world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi died in a road accident late last year.