Senzo's final career statistics


Senzo Robert Meyiwa made his Orlando Pirates debut in a 2-1 Absa Premiership victory over AmaZulu on 8 November 2006 and played his last match on 25 October 2014 in a 4-1 Telkom Knockout win over Ajax Cape Town.

The Umlazi-born goalkeeper, who will be fondly remembered for his lightning-quick reflexes and bravery between the posts, kept a clean sheet every 2.5 matches during his career – 62 clean sheets in 158 games.

Meyiwa was especially brilliant in the Buccaneers' fantastic run to the 2013 CAF Champions League Final, when he kept African opponents out seven times in 16 matches, including two clean sheets in the group stages against eventual champions Al Ahly. He will also go down in folklore for making two penalty saves away to TP Mazembe during qualifying to get Bucs into the group stages.

Just as in his club career where he showed patience for many years before proving himself more than capable to step in when called upon, so it was with Bafana Bafana as Meyiwa kept four clean sheets to put South Africa in an advantageous position in 2015 African Nations Cup qualifying.

Tomorrow we bury a son of the soil who contributed more in his short career than many players have, or will, in much longer careers.

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2014/15 Season Statistics

15 matches
5 clean sheets
25 saves
13 goals conceded

5 matches
4 clean sheets
15 saves
1 goal conceded

7 caps
6 clean sheets
1 goal conceded

Career Fact File

Full name: Senzo Robert Meyiwa
Born: 24/9/87 in Umlazi, Durban
Nickname: Okpara Jr, Ndzori
Previous teams: London Cosmos, Orlando Pirates juniors and reserve team (Yebo Yes FC)
Debut: Orlando Pirates 2 AmaZulu 1 (8/11/06)
International debut: Lesotho 0 South Africa 2 (as a sub, Friendly, 2/6/13)
Honours: 7 International caps; 16 Under-23 caps, Under-17 international; 2011, 2012 Absa Premiership winner; 2011, 2014 Nedbank Cup winner; 2011 Telkom Knockout winner; 2010, 2011 MTN8 winner
Career record:
Season    Club                  Matches              Clean sheets           
04/05  Yebo Yes FC             Div. 3                  -
           Orlando Pirates        Did not play         -
05/06  Orlando Pirates        Did not play          -
06/07  Orlando Pirates        1                         0
07/08  Orlando Pirates        25                       8
08/09  Orlando Pirates        7 (+1 sub)           4
09/10  Orlando Pirates        8                         4
10/11  Orlando Pirates        16                       6
11/12  Orlando Pirates        5 (+2 subs)          3
12/13  Orlando Pirates        30                       14
13/14  Orlando Pirates        51                       18
14/15  Orlando Pirates        15                        5   
Totals                               158 (+3 subs)     62