DURBAN – The president of KwaZulu-Natal National First Division outfit Uthongathi FC, Nico Mkhize, has died. Mkhize was one of the shareholders at Tongaat-based club. IOL Sport have been reliably informed that Mkhize has passed away after being allegedly shot on Monday evening.
The club spokesperson Ndumiso Maphumulo confirmed that Mkhize has lost his life. “Yes, it is true that Mkhize has lost his life. We will release a statement in due course to explain what really happened,” Maphumulo stated.
Another well-placed source said: “Mkhize was shot dead at Uthongathi’s CBD near Nando’s. It is very sad. It is believed that his death had something to do with his participation in the taxi industry.”
Uthongathi were crowned the champions of the ABC Motsepe League two seasons ago. Last season, they fought gallantly to keep their status in the NFD. Uthongathi are campaigning in their second season in the NFD.
They are preparing to face Real Kings at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu in the KwaZulu-Natal derby. The game will kickoff at 3pm. Uthongathi are still unbeaten in three league outings. They have played out to two stalemates and won one game.
They dispatched Ubuntu Cape Town 3-1, the last time they played at home. Uthongathi will be hoping that the death of their president won’t affect the solid foundation that they have laid in the first three matches.