The assistant coach of South Africa's national soccer team has been killed in a car crash.

Thomas Madigage was killed Thursday night when his car crashed into a donkey on a highway, the South African Press Association reported, citing police. He was alone in the car.

''We are shocked and at a loss for words and as we speak ... We would like to pass our sincere condolences to the family, friends and the entire nation on this shocking development,'' said Kirsten Nematandani, president of the South African Football Association.

Madigage, a long-serving assistant coach at Premiership club SuperSport United, was appointed assistant to Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund in July.