Famed soccer analyst Siphiwe Mkhonza dies

Siphiwe Mkhonza, a highly regarded soccer analyst who talked extensively about the game, died on Tuesday at the age of 44.

“The family of former Golden Arrows FC and Kaizer Chiefs defender Siphiwe Mkhonza has sadly passed on in the early hours of this morning at home,” the family confirmed in a statement.

Revered across the game, Mkhonza, often seen either in studio or besides the pitch, analysed thousands of televised games for the SABC and covered the just-ended African Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire.

Mkhonza, affectionately known as “Dr. Mnandi,” has been suffering from kidney infections for a long time.

The statement further indicated that Mkhonza was admitted to Charlotte Maxeke a month ago and was released after showing signs of recovery. 

“Mkhonza has been taken care of by his girlfriend and the mother of his three children, Ms. Nondumiso Masengemi, at their home in Roodepoort.”

“The family wishes to thank his former employer and his colleagues at SABC, fellow football legends from the stable he belonged to, and friends for their support during his illness.”

“Mkhonza is survived by his children: his father, Joseph Skheshe Kheshe Mkhonza, his mom, Phindile Mkhonza, and his brother.”

The family will communicate further details regarding funeral arrangements.

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