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Micho speaks on '5 star' Orlando Pirates captain Meyiwa

Posted: 29 October 2014 Time: 14:14

Former Orlando Pirates coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic – the man who handed Senzo Meyiwa his PSL debut in November 2006 – has spoken glowingly of the late goalkeeper.

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‘Micho’ had the bravery to throw a teenage Meyiwa into the fray against AmaZulu in a league match won 2-1 by The Bucs at Ellis Park on November 8, 2006.

The Serbian says Meyiwa had shown beyond any reasonable doubt that he was ready to step up with the experienced duo of Francis Chansa and Avril Phali making way for him in that midweek game which was played under floodlights.

“I still remember that it was an emotional debut for him as it was against his hometown club,” recalls Sredojevic chatting to from Uganda where he is now the national team coach.

“I felt he deserved to finally play as he had been pushing extremely hard and in that particular week had really been outstanding at training. Unfortunately he was injured in that game and was replaced by Chansa. Chansa and Phali will be the first to admit that Senzo really pushed them hard at training despite the fact that he was still a little boy.”

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Then last year when Micho was in South Africa to watch Pirates play Esperance in the CAF Champions League semi-finals he had an emotional reunion with the forever vibrant Meyiwa.

“After the match Floyd Mbele [Pirates official] took me downstairs near the dressing rooms and then Tebogo Moloi brought Happy Jele and Senzo to meet me because both of them broke into the first team round about the same time,” Micho explains.

“When Senzo saw me he came running and gave me a hug and then lifted me up while screaming ‘my coach, my coach’ with a huge smile. You will never find your former player showing such joy when they see you seven years since they last played under you. That is just how jovial a person Senzo was and I will miss him not only for his goalkeeping abilities but also for the person that he was. He always had positive energy.

“I have a five star hotel in my heart and for him he is in the presidential suite. After not conceding in four games while wearing the armband for Bafana Bafana I was already looking forward to seeing him reach higher grounds by playing at the Afcon finals.

“For me his death feels like a knock-out punch. I am still battling from the shock of that I will never get the passion that he had for the game through his eyes. With Senzo you could see through his eyes that playing football is what he really wanted to do,” says Micho who was strategically forced out at Pirates at the beginning of 2007 with Bibey Mutombo taking over.

Meyiwa will be buried on Saturday in Durban.

Article by: Lovemore Moyo

Livefyre comments on this story...

MTN88 Champion Rhino
posted: 2014-10-29 12:39:03

I even Forget that Kaizer Chiefs was beatin by Platinum Stars. Kahle Kahle Without Orlando Pirates these no Kaizer Chiefs. RIP Senzo. Love & Peace. 

posted: 2014-10-29 12:41:06


posted: 2014-10-29 12:43:27

MTN88 Champion Rhino  ... hehehe. true that. In Economics, ek verstaan there is a term called "complimentary". If so, for one to speak of Chiefs, one needs a mention of Pirates. and vice versa.

posted: 2014-10-29 12:47:56

MTN88 Champion Rhino Njandini u grand my outie, that's why we bhakaniyas love you

posted: 2014-10-29 12:49:25

Indeed Senzo was great may his rest in peace

Anti Zebra
posted: 2014-10-29 12:57:03

Senzo...I will miss the guy between the sticks. It is unbelievable though.... Let the nation mourn the loss of this talent and benevolent character

Velibanti (Gone but not Forgotten)
posted: 2014-10-29 12:58:55

Black4ever #SRM 1 MTN88 Champion Rhino 

i arrest my case...


posted: 2014-10-29 13:01:16

Velibanti (RIP Bhakaniya) For how long will your case be arrested, Bafo hey yasishiya lendvodza manje sisele nalabojakazi abo Njandini  

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2014-10-29 13:03:51

Sorry Guys I did not mean to evoke emotions:

Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa’s father Sam Meyiwa says they will only allow singer, Kelly Khumalo’s daughter to attend his son’s funeral.

“We had already accepted the child. Kelly’s mother and another woman came to show us the baby and I even burned incense (impepho) for her because Senzo was complaining that the baby is always sick.”

A teary Meyiwa senior says he’s not ready to forgive Kelly for what happened in the past, ‘splitting his son with their beloved daughter-in-law, Mandisa’.

When DRUM asked what would happen if Kelly decided to attend the funeral,  Meyiwa senior said: “I will have people to kick her out. I don’t want her in my house, she knows that very well.”

He went as far as blaming Kelly for his son’s death. “If it wasn’t for Kelly my son would still be alive today,” he said before bursting in tears.

Meyiwa senior said Senzo and Mandisa were supposed to be in Sunninghill, north of Joburg, attending Rooi Mahamutsa’s birthday party.

“Mandisa spoke to Senzo who said he was on his way to Rooi ‘s place before he was shot. But he changed his mind and went to Kelly’s house.”

What frustrated the Meyiwa family even more is that Kelly did not call or inform them about the shooting.

Tumelo Madlala, who grew up together in Umlazi with Senzo and was at the house at the time,  called the family to inform them of the tragedy.

Source DRUM website.

Velibanti (Gone but not Forgotten)
posted: 2014-10-29 13:04:08

Black4ever #SRM 1 

yah---mfana uhambile Mom-Mhlongo wakho...hehehehe


posted: 2014-10-29 13:06:22

Velibanti (RIP Bhakaniya) Hey manje ngitawubita bani mom-mhlongo , Kubuhlungu kodvwa akukho lengingakwenta

MTN88 Champion Rhino
posted: 2014-10-29 13:07:45

Njandini how can you call me Njandini? Love & Peace. 

Velibanti (Gone but not Forgotten)
posted: 2014-10-29 13:10:58

MTN88 Champion Rhino 

heheheh...hola Njandini...


posted: 2014-10-29 13:13:13

The Phefeni Boy®™  Kelly akadlalele kude neNatal,,, Zulus are very violent people... im sure iMajority yabo are suspecting loNongkroi to have a hand in this.... Bangamuvi ngisho nangePerfume kuthi ukhona if usafuna uk'phila

** Mrango **
posted: 2014-10-29 13:13:53

MTN88 Champion Rhino Ukhululile Rhino siyabonga.

Velibanti (Gone but not Forgotten)
posted: 2014-10-29 13:14:24

** Mrango ** #R.I.P.Senzo"Hero"Meyiwa MTN88 Champion Rhino 

uyanya Njandini...hehehehe


Bucs Legend
posted: 2014-10-29 13:15:12

For the Bucs family

Velibanti (Gone but not Forgotten)
posted: 2014-10-29 13:15:49

Bucs Legend it.


Tolly (Bobby's dogs just bark to anything that mov
posted: 2014-10-29 13:16:13

Bucs Legend Thanks sonnie...appreciated

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