Former Springbok lock Piet Botha has passed away

Former Springbok lock Piet Botha has passed away. Photo: Archives

RIP: Former Kaizer Chiefs star Siphiwe Mkhonza passes away

Former Kaizer Chiefs star Siphiwe Mkhonza has passed away at the age of 44, reportedly after a battle with illness.

Former Springbok lock Piet Botha has passed away

Former Springbok lock Piet Botha has passed away. Photo: Archives

Former Kaizer Chiefs star Siphiwe Mkhonza has passed away at the age of 44, reportedly after a battle with illness.

Mkhonza began his professional football career at Bloemfontein Celtic, before going on to play for Ria Stars and Golden Arrows.

Siphiwe Mkhonza had a memorable stint at Kaizer Chiefs

The defender then spent three years at Kaizer Chiefs, featuring in over 40 games. In his first season he formed part of a victorious squad that won the league title in the 2004–05 Premier Soccer League campaign.

It was also during this time that he received a call-up to Bafana Bafana, featuring on seven occasions for the national side.

After leaving Chiefs, the centre back had brief spells at SuperSport United, Maritzburg United, AmaZulu and Black Leopards before hanging up his boots.

In recent years, Mkhonza served as a broadcast analyst with SABC. He had been with SABC Sports since 2013, having introduced himself to viewers onΒ LadumaΒ before moving toΒ Soccer Zone.

Tributes have begun to pour in for the former Bafana Bafana defender