Bheka Phakathi died in car accident on Sunday. In this file photo he is pictured during his time as assistant coach of Royal Eagles. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Former Orlando Pirates and Lamontville Golden Arrows utility player Bheka Phakathi has passed away.

Phakathi was the coach at Umvoti FC a team that's in ABC Motsepe League in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

He propelled Umvoti to the National Play-Off after finishing as the champions in KZN this season.

Bongani Msomi who is the team manager at Umvoti confirmed the news.

"Yes it is true that Bheka is no more. He passed away in a car accident. The wheel bust and the car turned. He was with his two friends who survived. The accident happened in Greytown. We received the news in the early hour of this morning. It is sad because we were preparing for the Play-Offs," Msomi explained.

Phakathi played for Arrows, Pirates and Maritzburg United during his career. After retiring from football Phakathi had the stint at Arrows and Royal Eagles where he served as an assistant coach.

He also worked at UKhozi FM as a football analyst.

"He did a stellar job during his tenure at the club. Last season he took us to number 2 and this season we were crowned the champions in our province. May his soul rest in peace," Msomi concluded. 


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