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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.

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