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. 

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CAF president Dr Patrice Motsepe has sent a message of condolences following the passing of Richards Bay FC player Siphamandla Mtolo and Ivory Coast defender Sylla Moustapha.

Mtolo collapsed and died during the PSL side training session on Tuesday. It is alleged that the 29-year-old fell out of nowhere and was rushed to the Hospital. He was confirmed dead upon arrival.

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“CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe has expressed shock and sadness following the tragic death of Richards Bay FC player Siphamandla Mtolo,” the football motherbody said. 

“Dr Motsepe and the CAF Family mourns the tragic passing of a player who played a meaningful role in helping his club, Richards Bay FC gain promotion. to the elite league.  


“CAF conveys deepest condolences to the family of Siphamandla Mtolo, SAFA, PSL and Richards Bay Family during this difficult moment.”

The club is yet to communicate the date of Mtolo’s memorial and funeral services. 


Meanwhile, CAF have also conveyed a message of condolences to Ivory Coast defender Sylla Moustapha who passed away on Sunday. 

The 21-year-old collapsed on the pitch away from the ball during a league game at Robert Champroux Stadium in Abidjan. He was playing for Racing Club Abidjan against SOL FC.

CAF president Dr Patrice Motsepe convey his condolences to Sylla Moustapha and Siphamandla Mtolo
CAF president Dr Patrice Motsepe convey his condolences to Sylla Moustapha and Siphamandla Mtolo

Opposition players immediately called for medical assistance on seeing him fall to the ground and he was rushed to hospital. 

CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe has expressed his shock and sadness following the tragic death of Ivorian youngster, Sylla Moustapha,” said CAF. 

“Moustapha collapsed on the pitch during the Ivorian Ligue 1 LONACI fixture between his club, Racing Club d’Abidjan and SOL FC at Robert Champroux Stadium in Cote d’Ivoire. Moustapha, who played as a left-back, was only 21 at the time of his death.”

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“Dr Motsepe and the CAF Family mourns the tragic passing of such a young life who showed promise on the football field. CAF conveys deepest condolences to the family of Sylla Moustapha. Ivorian Football Federation President Idriss Diallo, Racing Club d’Abidjan Family and the Ivorian people during this time of grieving.”

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PSL club Richards Bay have announced the passing of their midfielder Siphamandla Mtolo. The 29-year-old collapsed and died during a training session on Tuesday morning, the club announced.

Mtolo has been part of the Natal Rich Boys team since 2020 and was the captain when the club gained promotion to the DStv Premiership last season.

His last match was against Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank loss on Saturday.  


“It is with deep sadness to announce that Richards Bay football club has ultimately lost one of the midfielders Siphamandla ‘Spepe’ Mtolo. He collapsed this morning during training,” the club announced.

“The club is not in a position to provide further information at this stage. We ask that his family’s privacy is respected in this difficult time of bereavement.

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“His presence both on and off the pitch will be sorely missed. Thoughts and prayers of everyone in Richards Bay football club are with his family, friends, and loved ones,” read the statement.


The PSL has also sent their condolences and confirmed that a moment of silence will be observed in his honour in all their matches this week.

“The Premier Soccer League (PSL) is deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Richards Bay Football Club midfielder, Siphamandla Mtolo,” the league said.

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“A moment of silence will be observed in his honour at this week’s Nedbank Cup and DStv Diski Challenge fixtures.

The PSL sends heartfelt condolences to the Mtolo family, Richards Bay FC, and the football fraternity at large. May his soul repose peacefully.”

Some of the PSL clubs including Kaizer Chiefs have also sent their condolences.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved family and Richards Bay FC following the tragic passing of Siphamandla Mtolo.”

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