The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has said it is saddened by the passing of veteran sports journalist Coudjoe Amankwaa.

The South African Football Association confirmed his passing, saying the renowned former commentator died on Friday night from cardiac arrest.

Amankwaa worked for the SABC as a sports analyst for several years and participated in some of the major sporting events including the FIFA world cup, and many premier soccer league matches.

The public broadcaster has described him as a devoted person who served the corporation diligently by always providing a wealth of knowledge and expertise in his field of work.

In a statement released on Saturday, the SABC’s sport general manager Gary Rathbone said Amankwaa was never afraid to speak his mind and was always warm-hearted and larger than life.