Phakathi, 43, died in a motor vehicle accident in the KZN Midlands on Sunday.
At the time of his passing, Phakathi had been head coach of ABC Motsepe League club Umvoti and had been on the way to a training session.
Phakathi just recently guided his side to winning the KwaZulu-Natal Second Division league and had been set to contest the play-offs for promotion to the NFD.
The Durban-born midfielder ended his PSL career at Maritzburg United in 2010, having previously enjoyed success at Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates.
“We remember with great fondness Bheka’s time in Pietermaritzburg, where he made a positive impact with the Team of Choice,” said Maritzburg GM Quinton Jettoo.
“It was with great sadness that we heard of his passing and South African football has lost a brought young coach who had shown great potential and who was working his way up to the professional ranks which he had previously graced as a player.
“From all of us at Maritzburg United, we wish to send our sincere heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Bheka Phakathi, as well as to all at the Umvoti football club - our thoughts are with them at this difficult time, and may his soul rest in peace.”
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