Clubs shelve training for Senzo

Premiership

All PSL and National First Division matches that were scheduled to be played over the weekend have been postponed in honour of Meyiwa, who was shot and killed in Vosloorus on Sunday.

Topflight clubs have adjusted their training schedules to allow their players to travel to Durban and bid Meyiwa farewell at Moses Mabhida Stadium tomorrow.

“Normally, when we do not have matches, we train on Saturdays and sometimes on Sundays just to maintain our fitness. However, we have moved our training to Friday [today] because most of the players have asked permission to attend Senzo’s funeral service on Saturday,” Platinum Stars coach Allan Freese tells KickOff.com.

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The Dikwena duo of Ndumiso Mabena and Patrick Malokase, both former Pirates men, will be among the players that will attend Meyiwa’s funeral in Durban.

Chippa United – who had already travelled to Johannesburg yesterday before being informed that their match against Polokwane City on Saturday had been postponed – have also changed their training schedule.

“I will be attending the funeral and most of our players will also be there,” says Chippa coach Roger Sikhakhane.

“The logical thing to do is to train today and then release everyone on Saturday. Meyiwa was one of us and we would all want to go and say goodbye to him. We will be training on Friday and those who would like to travel to Durban will be free to do so.”

AmaZulu coach Wilfred Migeyi – whose team is on the bottom of the PSL log with just four points – has also rearranged his training schedule.

“When things like this [Meyiwa’s death] occur, then we have to stop our rivalry and unite,” Mugeyi tells this website.  

“I have cancelled our Saturday training sessions. The funeral will be held in Durban, where we are based so we will be well represented. I will be attending the funeral together with the players.

“Off the field we are all friends so all of us are mourning our brother. He will be missed by everyone,” adds the former Umtata Bush Bucks forward.

Officials and players from Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and other PSL clubs are also expected to attend Meyiwa’s funeral.

Yesterday, during Meyiwa’s memorial service, veteran Pirates defender Lucky Lekgwathi and Chiefs skipper Itumeleng Khune took turns to narrate some of the good times they shared with Meyiwa.

The memorial – held at the Standard Bank Arena in Johannesburg – was attended by many prominent sporting and government officials. 

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