Former Pirates midfielder passes away

Phakathi, who also played for Golden Arrows and Maritzburg United, passed away this morning in a car accident on his way to training at ABC Motsepe League club Umvoti, where he was coaching.

It is a huge blow for Umvoti as Phakathi had just won the league title in KwaZulu-Natal and the club, under his mentorship, was set to contest the playoffs for a spot in the National First Division next season.

Umvoti chairman Bongihlahla Gwala has confirmed to this website about Phakathi’s passing.

“Yes, Bheka Phakathi has passed away,” Gwala tells

“He was involved in a car accident early this morning. Yes, it is sad for us because he just helped us win the ABC Motsepe League.”

The 43-year-old, who also coached NFD side Royal Eagles as an assistant on an interim basis, along with Abram Nteo, was the number-two to Shaun Bartlett when Golden Arrows won the National First Division title in 2015/16 season.