Bartman shares Senzo memories

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Bartman – now a goalkeeper coach at Golden Arrows – had just faced off against Meyiwa in a Soweto Derby in the twilight of his playing career when he informed his opposite number about his intentions to call it quits.

“I remember it was straight after one of the Soweto derbies when I told him that this is going to my last season as I am intending retiring,” recalls Bartman.

“He suddenly responded with a lot of energy telling me, ‘grootman, you cannot retire… why do you want to retire when you can still do a good job?’ I was really touched that a young goalkeeper was actually saying that to me, especially how genuine he said it.”

Bartman went on to play for another two years before hanging up his gloves for good this year.

The former Kaizer Chiefs man also remembers the time when he received a surprise call from Meyiwa asking him about the gloves (Uhlsport) that they used at Amakhosi.

“This one time he called me asking about where I got the gloves that we were using at Chiefs at the time. He told me that he was thinking about using the same gloves as us but the thing was we got ours via Rainer Dinkelacker who got them from his contacts in Germany,” says Bartman.

“I eventually gave him a pair and I think Itu (Khune) also got him another pair. The day I gave him I met him in Buccleuch because back then he was staying in that neighbourhood just like me. What I remember most about him is that though we were fierce rivals on the field we had mutual respect for each other and we got on so well.

“Whenever I saw him he was forever in a jovial mood. Plus you know with us goalkeepers we have a way of relating to each other because we are one big family even if we don’t play for the same club,” says Bartman, who adds that players at Arrows have taken Meyiwa’s passing away badly.

“Everyone took it badly and the morale has just been down all week.”

Meyiwa, who was fatally shot in Vosloorus last Sunday, will be buried in Durban today.

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