Downs dedicate 16 games to Ngcongca

Premiership

Manqoba Mngqithi has revealed that Mamelodi Sundowns will dedicate the next 16 games to late defender Anele Ngcongca.

The Cape Town-born right-back passed on last week after he was involved in a car accident in KwaZulu-Natal, where he was due to join AmaZulu on loan.

Ngcongca is set to be laid to rest in Gugulethu, Cape Town on Thursday.

The Brazilians and Stellenbosch FC wore t-shirts bearing his name during their warm-up sessions before their DStv Premiership match at Loftus Stadium on Saturday.

Joint head coach Mngqithi says Ngcongca's attributes as a person make him a player who deserves to be celebrated.

"Anele was wearing jersey number 16 and we wanted to keep that in our minds and celebrate it in the 16th minute of the game, and we did that very well with the support of the match officials and the opposition," said Mngqithi after their 3-0 victory.

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"We also dedicated the next 16 games to Anele, which started with our game today [Saturday] to try to make sure we live up to his attributes as a player – selflessness, humility and competitiveness.

"Because he never wanted to lose and was always angry to lose even in a small-sided game. He was very competitive. A very happy person that always made the change-room better, friendly to everyone and a mentor to all the youngsters.

"We really believe all those attributes make him a player who deserve to be celebrated because he is a legend in the country and has played 50 games for the national team.

"He has played so many games and won I think three league trophies with Sundowns, and that is big in our standards."

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