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Richards Bay midfielder Siphamandla Mtolo was laid to rest at his home of Nkobongo, KwaZulu Natal on Sunday. 

Mtolo collapsed on Tuesday while he was at training with the rest of his teammates. This was three days after he played for the club during a 1-0 loss to Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank cup

Tributes for Siphamandla Mtolo 

Condolences have been pouring in for the 29-year-old. This includes a tribute by former Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane who is now at Saudi Arabia club Al-Ahli Saudi. 

“God please help us to accept that he is no longer with us but with you. Difficult though! Rest well in Peace, Spepe!.” Coach Mosimane wrote in a Twitter post on Friday. 

The cause of his death still remains unknown, as the family and club are still waiting for an official report from the hospital. During the funeral service which was held at Nkobongo Sports Ground, club boss Jomo Biyela revealed that they have officially retired his jersey number 4 in his honour. Biyela has also pledged to take care of Mtolo’s children. 

Thousands paid their last respects to late Richards Bay captain Siphamandla Mtolo on Sunday.
Thousands paid their last respects to late Richards Bay captain Siphamandla Mtolo on Sunday.

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“He was 29-year-old but he was a legend,” Biyela told Newzroom Africa. 

“People from different teams. People from different walks of life celebrated Spepe today. It’s a very sad day for us as Richards Bay but we are also happy to have Spepe as our captain, I think he led us well.”

Biyela described Mtolo as a disciplined and dedicated player. 

“To be honest, discipline is the key. You can have all the talent but if you are not disciplined I can tell you now that talent won’t take you too far. He did not die in a tavern, he died at work (on the field of play.”

Richards Bay retire jersey number 4 

“If there was any player with ambitions to wear jersey number 4, that jersey is no longer available. It’s not available because we retired the jersey.”

Coaches and players from fellow PSL clubs in KZN were also in attendance to pay their last respects. 

By Khotso Ramalatswa 

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