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South Africa World Cup player Anele Ngcongca killed in car crash aged 33

Ngcongca, who won over 50 caps for South Africa and played in the 2010 World Cup, suffered fatal injuries in a car crash in the early hours of Monday morning.

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South Africa World Cup player Anele Ngcongca killed in car crash aged 33
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Former South Africa international defender Anele Ngcongca has died at the age of 33 after being involved in a car accident.

Ngcongca, who was part of his national side's squad as they hosted the 2010 World Cup, was travelling from Johannesburg to Durban to join up with his new team-mates at AmaZulu after leaving Sundowns on a loan deal.

The driver, who has not been named, sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital for medical attention, where reports in South Africa claim she is fighting for her life.

In a statement, South African Police Service brigadier Jay Naicker said: "At 05:00 this morning, a vehicle with two occupants lost control and overturned on the N2 freeway near Mtunzini.

"A 33-year-old man was declared dead at the scene. The driver sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital for medical attention.

"The circumstances surrounding the incident are still under investigation. A case of culpable homicide has been opened for investigation by Mtunzini SAPS."

Ngcongca's loan club AmaZulu and parent club Sundowns paid their respects to him after news of his death, sending their condolences to his loved ones and describing him as an "exceptional football ambassador".

"AmaZulu and Mamelodi Sundowns FC extend their deepest condolences to the Ngcongca family, former clubs, teammates, supporters and the broader football fraternity as well as everyone who was touched by the life of this exceptional football ambassador," a joint statement read.