Former AmaZulu Manager pays tribute to Siphiwe Mkhonza

Written by on 5 March, 2024

By Ayanda Nyuswa

Former AmaZulu FC general manager Lunga Sokhela has paid tribute to Siphiwe Mkhonza after the sad passing of the former Usuthu defender. Mkhonza passed away on Tuesday morning aged 44, at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital after a reported battle with illness. Dr Mnandi, as he was affectionately known, donned the colours of a number of PSL clubs during his illustrious career which includes Blomfontein Celtic, Ria Stars, Kaizer Chiefs, Lamontville Golden Arrows, Supersport United, Black Leopards and AmaZulu FC.

Approaching the tail end of his career, Mkhonza joined Usuthu in 2009 under coach Neil Tovey, and spent two seasons at the KZN club before departing for Black Leopards 2011 which was to be his final home before hanging up his boots. Mkhonza spent his post-playing years as a TV Football Analyst with the Public broadcaster the SABC.

Speaking exclusively with Gagasi FM Sports, former AmaZulu FC general manager Lunga Sokhela has paid tribute to Mkhonza and described him as a natural leader who was able to guide young players during his time at the KZN club.

“Mkhonza was a natural leader, he was a person who was able to guide youngsters, he was someone that was good for the group in its totality,” Said Sokhela.

“We are saddened to hear of his passing, we are happy that as a club especially during our tenure, we were able to have a player who was at the standard of Siphiwe Mkhonza and we pass our sincere condolensces to his loved ones, his family and friends.”

Mkhonza made less than 15 appearances for the Green and White of Usuthu during his 2 year stay in KZN, but Sokhela believes the Kwa-Thema born player made huge contributions to the team off the field despite his limited game time due to injuries.

“Even though he did experience a lot of injuries he was still a very important player off the field. He was able to impart a lot of his knowledge to the players and the club as a whole, so it is important to have players like him in the dressing room.”

We as Gagasi FM send our deepest condolences to the Mkhonza family and loved ones during this difficult time. May his soul rest in peace.

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