South Africa footballer Richard Henyekane dies in car crash

    Former South Africa international Richard Henyekane was killed in a car crash on Tuesday

    (CNN)South African soccer star Richard Henyekane died in the early hours of Tuesday following a car accident.

    The 31-year-old, who played for the national team on nine occasions, was with four other passengers, but was the only one to lose his life.
      His club, Free State Stars, confirmed his passing on its official website.
      "We wish to say to the Henyekane family that they must know that we are with them at all times, and trust that they will put all their sorrows in the hands of God the Almighty in this hard period," read a club statement.
      "Henyekane was traveling with four other passengers when they were involved in a tragic motor vehicle accident.
      "To the Stars family of fans, sponsors, supporters and others we believe that this is a period in which you will remain steadfast in praying for Henyekane's teammates as they come to terms with this sad moment.
      "South African football has lost yet another one of our promising players ... go well 'Kimberley Express.'"
      Henyekane made his debut for South Africa in 2009, while playing for the Durban-based Golden Arrows team.
      He also represented Mamelodi Sundowns -- helping them to a 24-0 victory over Powerlines in 2012.
      Henyekane's younger brother Joseph was also a professional footballer before he passed away last year at the age of 30.