Mamelodi Sundowns defender Anele Ngconga has died in a car accident on the N2 in KwaZulu-Natal, in the early hours of Monday morning. Sources say a female driver of the car Ngcongca was in, has been hospitalised.

33-year-old Ngcongca, who signed for the Brazilians in 2016, had agreed to be loaned to AmaZulu for a year, with the option of making the move permanent next season.

However, AmaZulu had not yet officially unveiled the player before his passing. The team was expected to unveil Ngcongca this week.

The defender joined Sundowns after his return from France’s League 1 team, Troyes. His international career began in Belgium where he played for KRC Genk, the team with which he won the Pro League and the Belgian Cup.

With Sundowns, Ngcongca won three ABSA Premiership titles, CAF Super Cup, the Telkom Knockout and the Nedbank Cup.

He also earned 53 caps with Bafana Bafana, featuring in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations for the national team.

Tributes have poured in for the late defender.