Ntuka's killer jailed

Ntuka, who was in Chelsea’s books as a youngster and later played for Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United after a stint at Westerlo in Belgium, was killed in January 2012.

April Jao, who committed the crime, appeared in court on Thursday and paid the price.

“I was there in court,” Ntuka’s brother Thabo tells KickOff.com.

“He was given 12 years and we were disappointed, but they explained. The guy is sorry for what he did and he didn’t waste the court’s time, so I think that worked in his favour.

“From the onset, he told his lawyer he didn’t want to waste the court’s time,” Thabo explains.

Ntuka, who died at the age of 27, was killed in his hometown, Kroonstad, after he was allegedly stabbed in the chest.

It is alleged that he was involved in an altercation with a group of seven guys and Ntuka slapped a guy named Mix Leshodi.

Leshodi allegedly returned later with a group of his buddies and one of them, Jao, allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed Ntuka in his chest.