Royal Eagles coach Roger Sikhakhane dies

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Tributes are pouring in for KwaZulu-Natal’s National First Division football club Royal Eagles Coach, Roger Sikhakhane.

Sikhakhane, who hails from KwaYanguye in Melmoth, northern KwaZulu-Natal, died earlier on Saturday after an illness at the age of 43.

He coached a number of teams including Chippa United and Thanda Royal Zulu.

Royal Eagles confirmed Sikhakhane’s death, saying he fell sick just after four National First Division matches.

Sikhakhane’s assistants Kagisho Dikgacoi and Sazi Ngubani took over on an interim basis.

Earlier this week, Eagles confirmed the permanent appointment of Zlatko Krmpotic.

Sikhakhane took up a technical director role at Chippa United in January, helping  Thanda Royal Zulu beat relegation in 2015/16 when he replaced David Bright at the club in 2016.

He then guided Thanda to second-tier honours last season before AmaZulu bought their topflight status.

Royal Eagles has since sent condolences to the Sikhakhane family.