Madigage's passing rocks SA
Madigage's passing rocks SA

The passing away of Bafana Bafana assistant Thomas Madigage has made for a Black Friday in South African soccer.

Madigage, famous for wearing his Zion Christian Church apparel throughout his time as assistant to SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt, where the pair won three Premiership trophies, was a much-loved character on the local scene.

Jomo Cosmos was where a young Madigage first caught the eye, making his debut as a 16-year-old for Jomo Sono's team. He established himself as a top-class attacking midfielder and went on to move to Europe with Swiss side FC Zurich.

Madigage returned to South Africa and again played for Ezenkosi, although unfortunately his career was cut short by injuries, though not before he was capped by Bafana.

The 41-year-old was respected for his achievements as a player, his success as a coach, and above all, his standing as a good human being.

Tributes have been pouring in from all corners of the globe for the late Madigage, here are some of them:

Robert Marawa: "Memories of a footballing genius who shunned the limelite but attracted it due to his amazing ability with the ball. RIP"

Irvin Khoza: "On behalf of the NSL clubs and the football family at large, I would like to convey our deepest condolences to the family of Thomas Madigage. We are all saddened to hear the news of his passing; he was such a gentlemen. Thomas was a man of few words, but he commanded so much respect amongst his peers and the players. It's a sad day for all of us."

Mark Fish: "Thomas Madigage was a great footballer and always a true gent to me!!Love you bud and will miss you!!RESPECT!!RIP!!!"

Andre Arendse: "Thomas Madigage's sudden passing is so sad! R.I.P my good friend, team mate and Coach. S.A football has lost a true legend!"

Stanton Fredericks: "A true gentlemen on and off the field. An inspiration to many. You epitomize being humble. Uv lead from behind. Rip Thomas."

Shaun Bartlett: "With great sadness we have to say goodbye to another SA legend. See you soon my friend Thomas Madigage. Condolences to the Madigage family."

Glyn Binkin: "It's unbelievable how Tommy's death has touched so many people in so many ways. A true testimony to a real legend #RIPTommy."

Darren Keet: "Sad news but I am sure God has used Thomas to touch people's lives and now he has called upon his great angel to rest with him. RIP."