Free State Stars coach Nikola Kavazovic broke down in tears after  describing the loss of the late Sinethemba Jantjie.

As reported by Futaa on 1 April, the Stars winger was killed in a car crash. His coach Kavazovic has, for the first time, publicly reacted to the fatality.

“Working with him day by day was a privilege for me as a coach and a man,” said the Serb coach to the media.

With the Whittlesea-born player having signed a pre-contract with Bidvest Wits, the Ea Lla Koto coach admitted that he was suspicious of Jantjie’s commitment to his team.

"I must admit a huge mistake when I thought he would not give us his best after he signed for Wits.

"Had I used him more we would have been better placed (on the log) for sure,” concluded Kavazovic.

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