Masinga: Bafana must qualify for Senzo

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Meyiwa was shot on Sunday evening at girlfriend Kelly Khumalo's home in Vosloorus in an incident that has cast a dark shadow on the country.

A memorial service for the Bafana and Pirates goalkeeper will be held tomorrow ahead of his burial in Durban on Saturday. 

As captain of Bafana, Meyiwa played a leading role during the Afcon qualifying matches - keeping four clean sheets and taking the team to the summit of the Group A standings and just three points away from making it to the continental showcase.

"After working so hard for the national team by making sure that they do not concede, it would be fitting for his teammates to give him a befitting farewell by qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations," Masinga, a retired Bafana striker, tells KickOff.com.

"From the way that he played during those four matches, it is very clear that qualifying for this competition was a major priority for him and I am sure the rest of these players will be aware of this."

Masinga, who also played for Jomo Cosmos, Mamelodi Sundwons and Leeds United during his career, feels the footballing fraternity will take a long time to process Meyiwa's death.

"It is a sad development. Very sad. Senzo still had a lot of years in him. He was the captain of the national team and a football hero to many people, young and old.

"To just hear that he is dead is something that shook me. Away from the football pitch, he was very humble and simple. Why would anyone want to kill a person like this? I just do not understand this."

Masinga applauded the decision by the PSL to postpone the League clash between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, which was supposed to take place this weekend.

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"The spirit of the Derby would not have been the same. The PSL and SAFA did the right thing. The proposal to also retire Meyiwa's jersey would be a gesture of respect. He did so much for Pirates and he deserves that honour," Masinga adds.  

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