Tributes pour in for popular Cele
19 January 2016
A humble and well-loved man, the passing of Team of Choice midfielder Mondli Cele has left a great sadness across the entire South African football fraternity.
Team-mate John Paintsil: "For me, it is a big shock because he is more of like my son. He's very close to me. At the moment, I don't know what to say, my heart is broke, I'm hurt."
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane: “Words cannot describe our reaction when we received the sad news ahead of our match against Celtic on Sunday morning. We got shocked and drew strength from the Almighty for granting us an opportunity to have shared the life and times with Cele, both on and off the field of play. He was a fine gentleman of sports. On behalf of the Chiefs players, I wish to extend my deepest heartfelt condolences to his friends and family.”
Orlando Pirates’ Ayanda Gcaba: ‘It’s really sad to hear this that umkhaya Wami Mondli Cele passed away last nite RIP boy u will be remembered.’ wrote Orlando Pirates’ Ayanda Gcaba.
Ajax CT captain Travis Graham: “My deepest condolences to the Cele family on their tragic loss. May his soul rest in peace.”
Black Aces midfielder Aubrey Ngoma: Deepest condolences to the Cele family such tragedy! Another soldier has fallen RIP Mondli Cele🙏🏼🙏🏼
Former Bafana striker Shaun Bartlett: No goal, game or result can replace the life of a lost footballer. Sad to hear of Mondli Cele passing in another car accident. Rest in peace’
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula: “I watched him play on Saturday [night] as he landed the opening goal, leading his club to a 3-3 draw with Orlando Pirates. I did not know I was watching him play for the last time. South African football has lost one of its brightest stars and is poorer without him.
It is sad that we continue to lose young lives on our roads. Road accidents rob us of our future and Cele is one out of many examples. I send my sincere condolences to his family and his club; may they find solace in knowing they share the loss of such young talent with all football-loving South Africans.”