Thulani Ndlela of Uthongathi FC (left) in action against Ian Chikohwa of Tuks during their National First Division match. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

DURBAN – The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has postponed the National First Division (NFD) KZN derby involving Uthongathi FC and Real Kings.

The game was supposed to take place at Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu on Saturday at 3pm, but the league have since granted Uthongathi FC the permission to postpone the fixture following the death of their president, Nicholas Mkhize.

Mkhize was gunned down on Monday evening in the CBD of Uthongathi near Nando’s. His death has been linked with his involvement in the taxi business industry. 

The club’s spokesperson, Ndumiso Maphumulo, has informed Independent Media that the PSL has given them the green light to postpone their fixture against Kings. 

“We have written to the league asking that our game against Real Kings be postponed. As a team, we are still devastated about what happened, and we are not in the right frame of mind to play on Saturday.

“The league has granted us the permission to postpone the game. The president will be laid to rest on Sunday the 16th of September. The funeral will take place in his house in Bhamshela,” Maphumulo said.

Nico Mkhize, president and shareholder at NFD club Uthongathi FC, has been killed in a shooting. Photo: Twitter/UthongathiFC
Nico Mkhize, president of Uthongathi FC, has been killed in a shooting. Photo: Twitter/UthongathiFC

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Uthongathi were promoted to the NFD in 2016/17 after winning the national ABC Motsepe League playoffs in Mthatha.

Last season, the club fought gallantly to survive relegation. They have started the new season on a high note, collecting five points in three matches.
They have won one game and drawn two. 

“The training didn’t take place today. We had the briefing with the players. Everyone was shocked,” Maphumulo explained.

The PSL also sent a message mourning the death of Mkhize earlier today.


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