Siphiwe Mkhonza, Ex-Chiefs Defender and Tv Analyst, Dies at 45. What Is the Cause of His Death?

The South African football community is mourning and devastated by the untimely passing of one of their beloved former Kaizer Chiefs player and Bloemfontein Celtic defender and famous TV analyst, Siphiwe Mkhonza, has sadly passed away at 45. He has been hospitalized & later discharged but succumbed to illness.

As per available reports, he was suffering from a prolonged kidney infection disease and was courageously battling with it, due to which he had been in hospice care. Still, unfortunately, he has lost his battle with the disease and sadly passed away in the early hours of Tuesday, March 5, 2024.

His family confirmed his death in a statement that reads,

“The family of the former Golden Arrows and Kaizer Chiefs defender Siphiwe Mkhonza confirms he sadly passed on in the early hours of this [Tuesday] morning at home. Mkhonza, affectionately known as ‘Dr Mnandi’ at his current employer, SABC, suffered a kidney infection for a long time.”

As his death news was made public, everyone started to pour their heartfelt tributes and condolences. Details about the last rituals and funeral will be shared soon so everyone can get a chance to bid him farewell and pray for his afterlife.

Mkhonza’s Life and Career:

Mkhonza was an amazingly talented player, born on January 2 1979, in Kwa-Thema, Springs, Gauteng. He got his early education from Thulisa Primary School and Kenneth Masekela Secondary School. His family already belongs to the sports field as his father, Joseph Mkhonza, was the the former head coach of the South Africa women’s national soccer team and trained the team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Mkhonza was not only confined to a single club; he showed his skills and talent for various clubs as early as he started playing at
played for several clubs as a youth, starting his playing days at Skheshes Babes and then further for Tip Top FC, Lusitano FC, Munich FC, and Katlehong City.

Mkhonza started his career in 1999 with the now-defunct Celtic. In 2004, he joined the Chiefs. Mkhonza played for SuperSport United, Maritzburg United, AmaZulu, and Black Leopards after leaving Amakhosi in 2007. Following his playing career, he worked for several years as a commentator on SABC.

He left behind his children: his father, Joseph ‘Skheshe Kheshe’ Mkhonza, his mom, Phindile Mkhonza, and his brother.

Tributes:

Dennilton Newsroom shared a Facebook post.

“🌹 In Memoriam: Rest in Peace, Siphiwe “Doctor Mnandi” Mkhonza 🌹
Dennilton Newsroom mourns the loss of a football icon and beloved analyst, Siphiwe Mkhonza. Our heartfelt condolences to the Mkhonza family and the football fraternity. May his passion for the game and his contributions never be forgotten. May his soul rest in peace.”

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