Former South Africa international Anele Ngcongca has died in a car accident at the age of 33, according to reports. The football star is said to have crashed while driving in the province of KwaZulu-Natal on Monday morning.

Ngcongca died at the scene of the crash after being thrown from his vehicle, while a female companion is in a critical condition, according to news outlet eNCA.

Local police did not name the footballer as the victim, but confirmed a crash in the area which caused a fatality.

“At 05:00, a vehicle with two occupants lost control and overturned on the N2 freeway near Mtunzini. A 33-year-old man was declared dead at the scene,” brigadier Jay Naicker said, Goal reported.

“The driver sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital for medical attention. The circumstances surrounding the incident are still under investigation. A case of culpable homicide has been opened for investigation by Mtunzini SAPS.”

As reports filtered out online of Ngcongca’s passing, tributes began to pour in for the right-back, who played 53 times for Bafana Bafana between 2009 and 2016.

Videos and photos appeared also purporting to show the scene of the crash, with a white car seen at the side of the road with a badly crumpled hood. (RT)