Nkosinathi Chili confirms Uthongathi chairman Nicholas Mkhize shot dead
Posted: 11 September 2018 Time: 08:09
Uthongathi FC director Nkosinathi Chili has confirmed the club's chairman Nicholas Mkhize was shot dead last night.
According to Chili, Mkhize, who also owns taxis, was gunned down after the club finished their weekly technical report meeting on Monday.
The Cane Cutters are meant to resume their National First Division campaign on Saturday at home against Real Kings at Princess Magogo Stadium, but it is unlikely the game will go ahead given the tragic circumstances.
“We hardly slept,” Chili tells KickOff.com.
“Every Monday at 5 o’clock we do have a technical team report if either we played or we didn’t play over the weekend, to let us know what is that they are seeing because we had friendly games since it was the FIFA week.
“It is about their analysis and preparedness for the KZN derby against Real Kings. You know when you play against Real Kings, to us it’s a derby. So after that meeting one of our board members decided to close it with a prayer, and it turned out to be a long, long prayer.
“Afterwards we all left the meeting. Everyone was rushing to his own place because we normally finish at 8:15pm. And when we went out, everyone goes to his car, and there are times when one just stands with someone and talks, and he (Mkhize) was standing with one of our board members.
“After that board member moved to his car, he (Mkhize) moved to his car and when he entered his car, closed the door and was about to start the car, he didn’t start it. Then there was a lot of gun shots.
“They were just monitoring us and they used the chance. Then he was shot dead and he couldn’t move.
“This is just a fatal death.”
He adds: “Today we’ll meet with the players at 10 o’clock and there will be no training, just to come and pray with the players and see how we go from there.”
Chili says they will ask the PSL to postpone their upcoming match in KwaMashu.
"In this situation we’ll be guided by the family if he’s laid to rest this weekend or another day. But we’ll write a letter to the PSL to ask for the postponement of our game.
“Even our players, as they know that I’m the communications manager of the team, others were bold enough to phone me and I told them to remain at the club house. We’ll speak to them today this morning, they shouldn’t panic.
“We feel they’ll need counselling and we also informed our KZN MEC for Sport [Bongi Sithole-Moloi] that we are faced with the tragic passing of our chairman.”