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Maritzburg United’s Mondli Cele passes away

The 27-year-old was involved in a car accident in Pietermaritzburg last night.

A screengrabbed image of Maritzburg United midfielder Mondli Cele who passed away in a car crash on Saturday 16 January 2016.

JOHANNESBURG - South African soccer player, Mondli Cele has passed away at the age of 27.

The Maritzburg United midfielder was involved in a car accident after the match against Orlando Pirates on Saturday, where he scored the opening goal.

Club chairman Farouk Kadodia has confirmed the sad news.

It's understood Cele lost control of the car during heavy rains in Pietermaritzburg last night.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says Cele's passing should serve as a reminder to fight against road carnage in the country.

Multiple footballers have died on South Africa's roads recently, including Cecil Lolo and Richard Henyekane.

Mbalula says Cele will be remembered as a player full of talent.

"We have lost a number of footballers through car crashes. We need to do something about that. He was a talented footballer."

To read a statement by the Maritzburg United Football Club on Cele's passing, click here.