TS Galaxy's fallen hero Thembinkosi Mbamba had dreams of playing for Kaizer Chiefs


TS Galaxy defender Mfundo Phungwayo says his late teammate Thembinkosi Mbamba had dreams of playing for his childhood club Kaizer Chiefs one day.

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The 23-year-old midfielder, nicknamed 'Bashin', was involved in a car crash and passed on in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Mbamba played in the Nedbank Cup final triumph against his boyhood club Amakhosi. The youngster made 12 appearances in all competitions for The Rockets this season.

"He wanted to go to eKhosini [Chiefs] that guy with all his heart," Phungwayo tells snl24.com/kickoff.

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"He desperately wanted to go there. He would refer to them as 'Phefeni Boys'. 'I want to find myself playing with the Phefeni Boys' he would say. He would always tell you about Chiefs, he loved iKhosi so badly. He told me he was going to play there no matter what."

Phungwayo says his relationship with Mbamba dates back to 2007 while they were still at Moroka Swallows.

"It's sad my brother there's nothing we can change, it happened. The only thing we know at the moment is that it was an accident. I don't think he was the one driving because he can't drive. I personally know him he can't drive. I don't think he was the one driving.

“I know him since 2007. We were together at the Swallows development side. He is from Daveyton. We've lost a serious player in him my brother you know. We lost a good guy you see. He is one of South Africa's best players my man. He was a good person, he was always happy that guy. He had no problem with anyone."