Thomas Madigage

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Thomas Madigage
Personal information
Date of birth (1970-11-14)14 November 1970
Place of birth Burgersfort, South Africa[1]
Date of death 18 October 2012(2012-10-18) (aged 41)
Place of death Burgersfort, South Africa
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1986 Arcadia Shepherds 17 (2)
1987–1989 Jomo Cosmos 78 (14)
1990–1991 FC Zürich 1 (1)
1992 Jomo Cosmos 24 (11)
1993–2003 SuperSport United 189 (23)
Total 309 (51)
National team
1993–1997 South Africa 4 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Thomas Madigage (11 November 1970 – 19 October 2012) was a South African football player and coach.

Club career

Born in Pretoria, Madigage started his career at Arcadia Shepherds where he played alongside Paul Matthews, the son of Roy Matthews, assistant at Jomo Cosmos. After impressing Matthews, he was spotted by Jomo Sono who brought the player to his own team,[2] raising him as a son.[3]

He made his debut for Jomo Cosmos at the age of 16,[4] winning the 1987 National Soccer League in his first year at the club. In 1990, he had a trial at Rangers[5] with fellow Cosmos player Augustine Makalakalane, but the duo was not signed. Instead, both joined Swiss side FC Zürich.

At Zürich, Madigage suffered with knee injuries and played a single league match[6] in a 5-1 loss against FC Luzern, scoring his sole team goal.[7] After failing to appear in further matches, he returned to Jomo Cosmos in 1992.[8]

He later joined Pretoria City (later renamed SuperSport United), winning the 2nd division and reaching the Bob Save Super Bowl in 1995,[9] before retiring in 2003.

International career

Madigage earned four caps for the South African national team.


After retiring as a player, Madigage worked as an assistant coach for SuperSport United from 2004 to 2012[10] and later the South African national team.[8]

Later life and death

Madigage died in a car crash in the early hours of Friday 19 October 2012, after hitting a donkey crossing a road near Burgersfort, Limpopo. He was 41 at the time.[8][11]