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Tributes pour in for Henyekane

Free State Stars striker Richard Henyekane died in a car crash in the early hours of this morning.

Free State Stars striker Richard Henyekane. Picture: Free State Stars website.

JOHANNESBURG - Tributes are pouring in for Free State Stars striker, Richard Henyekane, who died in a car crash in the early hours of this morning.

The Free State Stars's Lebogang Makheta said, "Richard was travelling from Qwaqwa to Bethlehem where he collided with a truck. It was him and another gentleman he was travelling with and three ladies. All the players are devastated."

The South African Football Association (Safa) has released a statement conveying its deepest condolences.

"Safa would like to convey their heartfelt and deepest condolences to the family, friends, teammates and supporters of Henyekane.

"His death comes just five months after the passing away of his brother Joseph Henyekane, himself a professional former footballer," the statement said.

Safa president Danny Jordan described 31-year-old Henyekane as a true soldier and sportsman.

"Another soldier has fallen. Richard's death comes at a time when we were not really done grieving the passing away of his brother Joseph. Safa would like to send out our deepest sympathies to the Henyekane family for their heart-breaking loss.

"We can never know how much pain you are in but just know that you are in our prayers and we ask that the Almighty grant you strength in these trying times."

Clubs and individuals have continued to render their condolences on social media:

We are saddened by the news of the passing of striker Richard Henyekane, who tragically passed away following a motor vehicle accident.

Henyekane was a good player, who always gave us a tough time whenever we played him while at Golden Arrows, @Masandawana or @FreeStateStars

Our thoughts, prayers & condolences to his family, friends & teams (current & former). May his soul rest in peace. #RichardHenyekane

Our deepest condolences to the family, friends & football fraternity for the sad loss of FS Stars player Richard Henyekane. #DeathBeNotProud

SuperSport United extend our deepest condolences to the rest of the Free State Stars and Henyekane family as they... http://t.co/xaTulMRIHN

Free State Stars forward Richard Henyekane has passed away after a tragic car accident. #RIP Kimberley express 🙏

Tragic loss of Richard Henyekane

The entire Abafana Bes'thende family are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic... http://t.co/pdhaCvzt7Z

I just learnt about the passing of Richard Henyekane: our country has lost one of its talented players, may he RIP. pic.twitter.com/2QwgDfiqw3

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