FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has written to the South African Football Association upon hearing of the tragic death of Thomas Madigage, the assistant coach of Bafana Bafana.

Madigage died in a car crash late on Thursday night at the age of 40. Among other clubs he played for FC Zurich from 1995 to 1996 and retired in 2002.

The popular figure then took up coaching as assistant coach at Supersport United, helping the club to several league titles before moving to the Gordon Igesund’s coaching staff.

“It was with great sadness that we learnt of the tragic passing of Thomas Madigage,” wrote the FIFA President. “On behalf of FIFA and the worldwide family of football, I wish to extend our deepest condolences to you, to your national team, to his club SuperSport United and, most importantly, to his family, friends and loved ones.

“We would hope that in some way, our words of support may help bring a little bit of peace and solace in this time of sadness.”