Bafana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund has been saddened by the unfortunate and untimely death of his assistant Thomas Madigage.
Madigage perished in a car accident on Thursday night, just a few days after leading South Africa in a 1-2 win over Kenya in an international friendly match in Nairobi.
A good friend
-I have known Tommy for many years, he was not only my assistant, he was much more than that. He was a friend, Igesund was quoted by mtnfootball.com.
-Since working together, he had become part of my family. You can't get a better human being than what Tommy was. He was humble, loyal, committed and sincere. He was so happy to be a part of the Bafana Bafana set-up and he had so much to contribute.
According to Igesund, Madigage’s death is a big blow to Bafana Bafana’s preparations for 2013 AFCON finals.
-Tommy, who was a committed ZCC member, still had so much to contribute to the country and his loss will be felt by all South Africans. He was so looking forward to the  Nations Cup finals and it will be very difficult to participate without him. We will dedicate our Nations Cup campaign to him
-My whole technical team, including assistant coach Serame Letsoaka and goalkeeper coach Alex Heredia, are deeply saddened by the loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
-We often think that football is very important, but compared to this, it is nothing, concluded Igesund.