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We were not sure whether Sangweni would be made captain on a full-time basis at any point soon, but we were happy to publicise his role as a leader of men.

We were still at the printers when coach Vladimir Vermezovic announced that in fact, the stand-in national team goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was to wear the armband.

That made sense too – both Sangweni and Meyiwa are leaders of men, we reckoned; the kind of player who would not have been out of place wearing the skull and crossbones in Abidjan in December 1995.

We were pleased that we had recognised Meyiwa in the current edition of KICK OFF too, showing him in typical dashing form on a superb centre-spread poster.

That was a week ago. So much has changed so quickly.

That poster is now an epitaph to Senzo, cruelly snatched from us by criminal murderers.

And Sangweni’s task as a leader of men is suddenly greater. Senior players like him will be very important in the family of Orlando Pirates in coming weeks, as young players attempt to come to terms with the sudden passing of their inspirational goalkeeper.

We wish Sangweni and his clubmates strength. 

In the next edition, we will pay our dues to Senzo Meyiwa, although we know that mere words and pictures will never do justice to a life lived to the full.

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