Baroka mourn former midfielder Nkoana

Baroka FC have expressed their condolences to the family of former captain Khunadi Nkoana, who passed away after a short illness on Tuesday. He was 28.

Nkoana was a central figure in the rise of Baroka from the third-tier to the Absa Premiership, and won the Man of the Match prize when they stunned Kaizer Chiefs in the 2011 Nedbank Cup quarterfinals, one of the greatest shocks in South African football history.

He helped the team into the National First Division, before spending a season at fellow Limpopo side Black Leopards, before returning to assist the side in winning promotion to the Premiership in the 2016/17 campaign.

Nkoana was most recently with second-tier Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, but left at the end of the 2018/19 season.

“Baroka FC is saddened by the untimely death of our former player Khunadi 'Kaka' Nkoana who passed away on Tuesday,” the club said in a statement.

“On behalf of Chairman, Khurishi Mphahlele and the Bakgaga family, we convey our deepest condolences to the Nkoana Family.”

Nkoana was playing for Limpopo ABC Motsepe League side Magesi FC. He was admitted to hospital this week after complaining of stomach pains.