SAFA mourn Senzo loss


The goalkeeper was shot and killed in what is reported to be a robbery in Vosloorus last night.

“We are shocked and devastated by the tragic news of South Africa’s current number one goalkeeper and captain of Bafana Bafana,” SAFA president Danny Jordaan said.

“Here was a man who was an integral part of the revolution of our beloved national team under Shakes Mashaba. For him to leave is like this is shocking.

“As an association we expected so much from him; the nation had pinned their hopes on him following brilliant displays in the Bafana Bafana jersey, more so in the recent AFCON matches where kept a clean sheet in all four games. We will surely miss him.

“At this time our thoughts are with his family, his club Orlando Pirates, the football family in general.

“Shakes Mashaba was going to announce his squad to face Sudan and Nigeria on Thursday and I would like to believe Senzo’s name was going to be the first because he has been a pillar of Bafana Bafana in the recent matches, making incredible saves to keep the team in the match. May his soul rest in peace.”

Upon hearing the news of his shooting, a SAFA delegation, which included CEO Dennis Mumble, rushed to the hospital where Senzo was taken to and declared dead.

“It is still unreal, the news is just sinking in. We cannot believe he could be gone so soon when he was at the prime of his game for both club and country,” SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble said.

"Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, relatives as well as well as football lovers at large. We will be part of the proceedings to ensure that he gets a dignified burial that he deserves. As soon as all logistics are in place we will inform the media and public.”

Meyiwa played seven times for Bafana, captaining them four times. He has conceded just one goal – scored by Australian Tim Cahill in a friendly match earlier this year. 

He also played in the Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 national teams.