Former Bafana Bafana coach Augusto Palacious has paid tribute to former Orlando Pirates striker Ian Palmer, who died on Thursday.
Palmer was a prolific striker during his heydays, before retiring from playing due to kidney complications, and is reported to have passed on at the age of 55 due to Covid-19 related complications.
The former Bucs striker further made a name for himself as a coach and worked at the likes of Black Leopards and Maritzburg United in his career.
Palacious, who helped introduce Palmer onto the coaching scene at Pirates, has expressed his sadness at the demise of his former colleague.
"I am saddened at the passing away of Ian Palmer. He was a very nice person and we have always kept in contact," Palacious tells KickOff.com.
"He was in the same group of Bashin Mahlangu and Tebogo Moloi that came through under my wing while still at the Orlando Pirates development academy.
"There was no doubt that he was destined for a great coaching career. He did well with all the teams he coached in South Africa.
"My deepest condolences to his family, relatives and friends. May his soul rest in peace."
Palmer's agent Karabo Mathang has confirmed the passing way of her client this morning.