South African football has plunged into mourning once again as another young talent, junior international right-back Ntuthuko Radebe has been confirmed dead.
Belgian club KAS Eupen confirmed the sad news on its website on Tuesday. Eupen revealed the defender passed away after a car accident on Tuesday. He was 23.
The statement also confirmed that Radebe had ended his five-year stay at the club with hopes of kickstarting his career in the Premier Soccer League. Unfortunately, all his dreams died with him in the fatal crash.
Read the statement below;
“KAS Eupen received terrible news from South Africa late this afternoon. Ntuthuko Radebe who has played for KAS Eupen for five years and last season, has died in his home country with a car accident at the age of only 23 years,” read the statement.
“KAS Eupen and the entire community are deeply saddened.
“As a graduate of the Aspire Academy Ntuthuko Radebe came with the first group of the Aspire players in summer 2012 to the KAS Eupen. Until June 2017 he was a member of the squad of the first team and in 43 games he was wearing the jersey of the KAS Eupen. His plan was to continue his career in South Africa.
“The team, coaches, supervisors, all employees and fans of KAS Eupen have lost a good friend with Ntuthuko Radebe. With his kindness, his comradeship, his loyalty, his commitment, his good humor and his humor, he deserved great appreciation. Ntuthuko Radebe remains in the best memory of the entire KAS family.
“We would like to express our heartfelt compassion to his mother, his family, his friends and all who mourn him.
“Thanks for everything Ntuthuko!”
The club also paid tribute to the defender on social media;
— KAS Eupen (@kas_eupen) July 4, 2017
Little-known facts about Ntuthuko Radebe
Radebe arrived at Eupen in 2012‚ and helped the club into the top flight for the 2016/17 season. The 23-year-old was at a time seen as a huge talent in the South African sports world. However, his career experienced a lot of setbacks as a result of injuries.
He graduated from the Aspire Academy in Qatar alongside former Kaizer Chiefs and Eupen winger Phakamani Mngadi and Happy Simelela.
He played for South Africa at Under-17 level.