Richard Henyekane dead: South Africa international killed in car crash at 31

Henyekane died from injuries he sustained in the early hours

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Free State Stars forward Richard Henyekane has died from injuries sustained in a car crash over night.

The 31-year-old, who won nine international caps for South Africa between 2009 and 2013, was one of five passengers in the accident, but was the only one to succumb to his injuries.

Henyekane had made 17 appearances for his club this season, who released a statement that read:

"Free State Stars hereby expresses its heartfelt condolences on the passing away of star striker Richard Henyekane in the early hours of this morning.

"Henyekane was travelling with four other passengers when they were involved in a tragic motor vehicle accident.

"He was, unfortunately the only one to lose his life in this incident.

"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.

"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'."