PSL News 19.1.2016 10:34 am

Kaizer Chiefs mourn Cele death

Reneilwe Letsholonyane of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs at Free State Stadium on January 17, 2016 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Charle Lombard/Gallo Images)

Reneilwe Letsholonyane of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs at Free State Stadium on January 17, 2016 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Charle Lombard/Gallo Images)

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane has called for better road safety in South Africa following the death of Maritzburg United midfielder Mondli Cele.

Cele was killed in a car accident in the early hours of Sunday morning, along with journalist Delisiwe Ngwenya, when the car they were in plunged into the Msunduzi River in Pietermaritzburg.

“It is very sad to lose one of us,” Yeye told the Kaizer Chiefs website. “We are heartbroken by this sudden loss of a fellow colleague through a car accident.”

“We are losing too many athletes in car accidents, which is a concern. We must make safety on our roads a priority.”

Lesley Manyathela, Gift Leremi, Richard Henyekane and Cecil Lolo are other South African footballers who have lost their lives on the roads of South Africa.

“Words cannot describe our reaction when we received the sad news ahead of our match against Celtic on Sunday morning,” added Letsholonyane..

“We got shocked and drew strength from the Almighty for granting us an opportunity to have shared the life and times with Cele, both on and off the field of play.”

“He was a fine gentleman of sports. On behalf of the Chiefs players, I wish to extend my deepest heartfelt condolences to his friends and family.”

Chiefs coach Steve Kpmphela, who was coached Cele in his time at United, added: “I wish the Cele family to find strength during these difficult times. We will remember and miss Mondli.”

Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung said: “On behalf of the Kaizer Chiefs Family in its entirety I wish to express my sadness and wish his family, friends and Maritzburg United Football Club strength during this sad moment.”

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