Pretoria: The South African Football Association (Safa) and Thomas Madigage’s family have thanked South Africans for the support they have shown at the time of the Bafana Bafana assistant coach’s passing away.
Madigage, 41, died in a car accident on 18 October in Burgersfort. He was laid to rest in Driekop, Limpopo, on Sunday, in a ceremony attended by thousands of mourners including colleagues, footballers, politicians and several members of his Zion Christian Church (ZCC).
Safa President Kirsten Nematandani said: “On behalf of Safa and the Madigage family, I would like to thank all South Africans who contributed and paid homage to the late Bafana Bafana assistant coach.
“Safa and the Madigage family would like to thank mostly the ZCC church, the Minister of Sport, Tshwane Municipality, Gauteng MEC of Sport, the [Jomo] Sono family, media friends, the Atteridgeville and Sekhukhune communities, South African Professional Players Union, former teammates of the late Madigage, representatives of Supersport International and several musicians who performed at the memorial service that took place at Saulsville Arena in Atteridgeville.
“The same gratitude goes to individuals and groups that played a pivotal role in the lead up to and during the funeral. These include members of the Thomas Madigage Foundation, Mayor of Tshwane, Limpopo Premier and his executive, several members of the ZCC church, Bafana Bafana players, former and current coaches and the general public.
“There might be other names not mentioned here but once again, I would like to thank the South African public for giving one of the country’s greatest sons a moving send-off.”