Shakes: We will play for Senzo


Meyiwa, the Bafana captain and first-choice goalkeeper, was laid to rest on Saturday after being fatally shot in Vosloorus on October 26.

Mashaba, who today announced his squad for the country's final two Afcon qualifiers, said: “We went through a very hectic period following the passing on of Senzo. This will be the first time we meet since this tragedy befell us but we just have to accept and move forward.

“It is going to be a difficult thing but everything happens for a reason and I believe through God’s will, the players will automatically be able to play above themselves. I don’t think it is going to be a gloomy period in camp, we can only hope this is over and start marching on. We will play for him as he did a sterling job towards this team’s qualification, so we need carry the baton and ensure we qualify for Morocco 2015.”

He added: “The replacement of Senzo is a two-pronged issue – one as a goalkeeper and two as a captain, and both will have to be decided before we play our first match. We will have a good look at the players that will be in camp and we will make a decision at the right time.

“It will not be an easy thing to replace Senzo in both positions, but we will do our best to find a suitable replacement and life has to go on. We are also confident that whoever takes over one or two of those roles will be able to deliver.”

Bafana go into camp on 9 November and will travel down to Durban the next day to start their preparations.

The team is also expected to visit Meyiwa’s grave to pay their last respects and visit the 27-year-old's family home.

In memory of Meyiwa, the players will wear black armbands in their clash against Sudan.

After hosting the Falcons of Jediane at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Mashaba's men will end their Group A campaign against Nigeria at the newly built Ibo International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on November 19.