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Family, fans & friends pay respect to Madigage

The late Thomas Madigage was remembered by his colleagues at a memorial service on Friday.

The late Bafana Bafana assistant coach Thomas Madigage. Picture: backpagepix

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of friends, family and fans on Friday paid their respects to Bafana Bafana assistant coach Thomas Madigage at the Saulsville Arena in Atteridgeville, Pretoria.

He died in a car accident in Polokwane last week.

During the service, it emerged Madigage was many things to many people - a player, a mentor, a coach and a father.

Known as "Chincha Guluva", the 41-year-old had just started to spread his wings as Bafana's assistant coach.

National team coach Gordon Igesund could barely express his sadness.

"He was my colleague and friend. He was a part of my life. Rest in peach Thomas," Igesund said.

Former Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane said he was too emotional to speak.

Mosimane worked very closely with Madigage during his years at SuperSport United.

He said it was just too difficult to talk about his late colleague.

"I don't have the emotional strength to speak, it has been tough for me."

SuperSport's Stan Matthews remembered a particular moment after Madigage collapsed during a match and was rushed to hospital.

"When I went to the ward to see Tommy (another name he was known by) after the doctors had been busy with him, we were really worried that it was a life and death situation.

"I looked at him and asked if he was fine and he looked at me and asked if we had won the match."

Madigage will be laid to rest in Driekop in Limpopo this weekend.

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