'Ngcongca deserves statue in Gugs'

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As the family of the late Anele Ngcongca laments a lack of support from government figures, Mark Mayambela has suggested the fallen star deserves a statue in Gugulethu.

Ngcongca passed away in a car accident last week near Durban and was due to be buried in Cape Town today, but his funeral has been postponed due to his mother's ill health.

His sister Siyasanga has since come out to question Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa's silence about the national hero, who represented Bafana Bafana more than 50 times.

"It's said to see Anele's life celebrated in Belgium but not in South Africa. Sport Minister has not made any contact with the family. MEC of Cape Town has said nothing. The people of Gugulethu are disappointed. We as the family, we are disappointed," tweeted Siyasanga.

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Mayambela has called on the football fraternity and people of Cape Town to find many ways to honour Ngcongca for his contribution to football in the country.

"Anele was not only an inspiration to youngsters but to us as well [as senior players]," Mayambela tells KickOff.com.

"I know Anele never played in the PSL before he joined Sundowns, he went to Europe and also inspired many youngsters including Mihlali my younger brother, because they come from the same background.

"Also the young boys that come from Cape Town, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha and Nyanga who went to Europe, especially in Belgium, he was there to welcome them and help them to settle down. He would help them with food, help them with clothes.

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"He was more than a footballer to us, he was more than a friend. He was more of an older brother not because of age but how he carried himself as a man.

"The kind of things he achieved are admirable. He is a man worth celebrating. He is a man worthy to be honoured in so many kinds of ways. I have even heard people from Gugulethu saying he deserves a statue in Gugulethu.

"I regard him highly, on the same level as the likes of Thabo Mngomeni and other great players that come from Cape Town."

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