Rest in Peace Cyril Zuma

The 30-year-old captained the national U-23 team under Steve Komphela, while he also played for Maritzburg United, Moroka Swallows, City Pillars and Mpumalanga Black Aces.

'Qga', as he was known in football circles, was highly talented but his career never reached its true potential due to off-field issues.

Zuma's former representative Mike Makaab, of Prosport International, conveyed his condolences to Zuma's family.

"Cyril Zuma, I looked after him sometime ago," Makaab says.

"Let me tell you, he was a super talented player and unfortunately he never quite realised his full potential because I don't think he was serious about his career. But without a doubt, a really, really talented player and a good person.

"To his family, I'm sorry about the loss and we all know that he is in a better place and may his soul rest in peace and may God give the family the strength, courage in this difficult time."

Zuma's close friend and ex-Orlando Pirates striker James Mothibi was naturally also saddened by the news.

"We have to support brothers when they leave us and I will be there at his funeral in Durban. May his soul rest in peace," Mothibi says.

KICK OFF would like to offer its condolences to the friends and family of Zuma.