Kaunda Ntunja (SuperSport)
The SuperSport household, by way of its CEO Gideon Khobane, has mourned the passing of common rugby commentator Kaunda Ntunja.
The tragic information of the 38-year-old’s loss of life was confirmed by the household on Monday.
Ntunja was a pioneer of Xhosa rugby commentary in South Africa and was thought of one of the vital common members of the collective SuperSport commentary workforce.
Full SuperSport assertion:
SuperSport sadly mourns the passing away of main rugby commentator and presenter Kaunda Ntunja. Our deepest condolences to his household and buddies.
A hulking rugby ahead, with a character to match his dimension, big-hearted Kaunda made buddies wherever he went.
“The SuperSport household is devastated,” stated Gideon Khobane, SuperSport chief govt.
“Kaunda was bigger than life, a beneficiant, warm-hearted man who cared deeply for the sport he beloved and the folks inside. He might be terribly missed by us all.”
Other than Kaunda’s rugby prowess, he had a artistic bent which noticed him enter the world of tv manufacturing, the place he was each profitable and distinguished.
He made a seamless transition to tv presenting and was energised by the potential of isiXhosa commentary on SuperSport. He turned well-known for his unbridled enthusiasm and distinctive spin on commentary, one thing that endeared him to tv watchers.
He had strident views on transformation and was in some ways a pioneer for black rugby, having turn out to be the primary black captain of SA Colleges whereas enjoying for Dale School 20 years in the past.
On the time he was a strong, charismatic flanker who was feared all through the Japanese Cape. His charisma prolonged to him standing in entrance of a grandstand filled with the opposition’s assist, pointing a finger at them and letting them know they have been in for a protracted afternoon.
Sadly, damage meant that his profession, which included junior rugby on the Sharks, and first-class rugby on the Cheetahs, Lions and Border, by no means fairly took off.
Fortuitously he was approached to do isiXhosa commentary whereas injured in 2009. He by no means regarded again, proving to be an orator of distinctive ability. He gained a number of nationwide awards for broadcasting.
A artistic sort, having studied drama and theatre, he made his performing debut within the native drama Grassroots final 12 months, enjoying a mentor to a younger rugby participant who strikes from the Japanese Cape to Johannesburg on a scholarship.
– SuperSport media
SuperSport sadly mourns the passing away of main rugby commentator & presenter Kaunda Ntunja. Our deepest condolences to his household and buddies.
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