Anele Ngongca's former teammate at Bafana Bafana, Kagiso Dikgacoi, says the late defender planned to go into coaching when he retired from playing.
The PSL fraternity is still in shock after the 33-year-old Mamelodi Sundowns full-back passed away in a car accident on Monday morning.
Ngcongca, who in his career also represented Belgian club KRC Genk and French side Troyes, was in Durban to join AmaZulu on loan when the accident that took his life occurred.
"Ya no, it's sad, we were talking last week actually," Dikgacoi tells KickOff.com.
"We were supposed to meet up last week, and we have been talking a lot you know in terms of what his ambitions are after playing in SA... he was telling me how he had received an opportunity to play in Belgium you know.
"I think they called him to say, 'Look, if you want to come back there's an opportunity of coaching.' I think it was Genk or some team. I can't remember what it was."
KSV Roeselare was the Belgian club that even announced the signing of Ngcongca a few months ago, although nothing was confirmed on the local front.
"Ya, we were supposed to meet up last week but it didn't happen, I think he left for Durban, because it was just going to be a short, short meeting," Dikgacoi adds.
"But ya, I'm saddened by his passing. I can't believe it. I played with him many, many games. He was a humble guy, dedicated, always working hard. I was saddened by his passing."
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