General Manager at the National First Division outfit, James Dlamini, confirmed the news about the passing of Roger Sikhakhane on Saturday morning.
“Yes, it is true that Sikhakhane has passed away. We received the message from the family this morning. He was at the hospital at Empangeni. He was still part of Eagles. We were paying him every month,” Dlamini said.
Sikhakhane joined Eagles toward the end of last season and saved them from relegation.
He was expected to challenge for honours this season. He has been away for almost two months now after he had a minor operation.
His assistant coach, Kagisho Dikgacoi took over the reigns in his absence.
Two seasons ago, Sikhakhane helped promote Thanda Royal Zulu to top-flight football. In 2011/12, Sikhakhane also propelled Chippa United to the Absa Premiership via the playoffs.
“It is a very sad moment for us and the players. He had big ambitions. We worked together very closely. I don’t know what to say at this point in time. I’m still shocked,” Dlamini explained.