REST IN PEACE, ROGER SIKHAKHANE
The South African football fraternity is mourning following the sad passing of Roger Sikhakhane last weekend.
Sikhakhane had been appointed as the head coach of Royal Eagles in the NFD this season, although he had been on sick leave at the time of his passing, which led to the KwaZuluNatal outfit appointing Serbian coach Zlatko Krmpotic to take charge of the team while Sikhakhane battled for his life in hospital.
The news of Sikhakhane’s passing was confirmed by Eagles on Saturday morning. The former Chippa United and Thanda Royal Zulu coach was 42 years old at the time of passing.
One of Sikhakhane’s most memorable achievements, in what was a flourishing football coaching career, was when he led Thanda to promotion to the PSL last year, and managing that feat with three matches still to be played. The club’s PSL status was then sold to AmaZulu at the end of the season.
In addition, Sikhakhane was Vladislav Heric’s assistant at Chippa when the Chilli Boys gained promotion back to the PSL in the 2013/14 season.
Soccer Laduma send our heartfelt condolences to Sikhakhane’s family and friends during this time of bereavement.