Former Border Bulldogs Coach Elliot Fana Passes Away in Car Accident

Former Border Bulldogs Coach Elliot Fana Passes Away in Car Accident

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:58 PM
  • A car accident has claimed the life of former Border Bulldogs coach Elliot Fana, a renowned figure in Eastern Cape rugby circles
  • Fana was the director of rugby at the University of Fort Hare at the time of his unfortunate passing
  • Having also been a South Africa Under-20 technical coach, the 41-year-old had also mentored many future international rugby players

Former Border Bulldogs coach Elliot Fana has died in a car accident.

Fana coached World Cup winners Lukhanyo Am and Makazole Mapimpi during his time at the East London union. Before taking up rugby coaching permanently, Fana mentored Proteas Test captain Dean Elgar at St Dominic’s College in Welkom.

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Former Border Bulldogs coach Elliot Fana passed away in a car accident on Tuesday. Image source: Daily Despatch website.
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According to eNCA, between 2008 and 2011, he was an SA Under-20 technical coach. Springboks Elton Jantjies, Patrick Lambie, Jaco Taute, and Francois Venter were part of that team at the time.

Sport24 reported that Fana will make an appearance in the much-anticipated documentary MAP1MP1, which traces Mapimpi's rise to stardom. It will air on Sunday, 27 March at 20:00 on SuperSport channels 201 and 211.

He also coached Ireland international CJ Stander. Fana was the director of rugby at Fort Hare at the time of his passing.

UFH spokesperson JP Roodt said:

"The University of Fort Hare community is in mourning following the untimely departure of friend and colleague, Mr Elliot Fana, who passed in a car accident yesterday (Tuesday). "There is a great void in the province today. Mr Fana always had bold dreams for youth and sport at both an institutional and provincial level.
"He worked tirelessly to achieve his vision and the high standards that he set for himself and others. As part of his memorialisation, the UFH Blues will wear black armbands at an upcoming Varsity Shield match if it is permitted by the organisers."

Details surrounding the accident which led to Fana's death had not yet emerged at the time of publication.

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