Pitso says if he hadn’t gone to Egypt Anele would still be alive

Menzi Magubane

Pitso Mosimane is gutted over the passing of Anele Ngcongca. 

“He even said if he didn’t leave Sundowns for Egypt, Anele wouldn’t have left Sundowns and he would still be alive,” said the player’s agent, Thulani Thuswa.

“Anele and coach Pitso were very close. Pitso’s departure affected Anele badly which is why he was loaned out. Pitso brought him back to South Africa and they understood each other very well. The coach was a big fan of Anele back in the days when they were at Bafana Bafana.” 

The Sundowns fullback died early on Monday morning in a car accident on the N2 Highway going back to Durban from kwaDlangezwa.

Pitso, who is now coaching Al Ahly in Egypt, and Anele started working together at Bafana Bafana between 2009 and 2012. In 2016 they joined forces at Sundowns where together they won the Absa Premiership in three consecutive seasons. 

They also won the Telkom Knockout in 2019 and the Nedbank Cup last season. 

On his Twitter account, Pitso wrote “Legend. Rest in Peace”.

Thuswa said Anele, who played for Bafana 53 times, came to Sundowns with a lot of experience after playing overseas. 

“He would become a coach to his teammates if he wasn’t playing and the players appreciated that,” he said. 

“The player who really learned from him was Thapelo Morena. The two played at right-back and the coach would sometimes prefer Thapelo over Anele and Anele would give Thapelo advice on how to approach the games.”

Anele has joined a long list of professional players who died in car accidents over the years, among others, Orlando Pirates striker Lesley Manyathela (in 2003), Gift Leremi (Pirates and Sundowns 2007) Richard Henyekane (Golden Arrows and Sundowns in 2015), Cecil Lolo (Ajax Cape Town in 2015), Mondli Cele (Maritzburg United in 2016) and Sinethemba Jantjie  (Free State Stars in 2019).

Picture source: @pitsomosimane