The Orlando Pirates goalkeeper, who was gunned down in Vosloorus last night, captained both players in the recent Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo.
Bidvest Wits midfielder Vilakazi says he is still trying to process it all.
“I am speechless. I am very emotional and sad about the sudden passing on of Senzo,” he says.
“What a very happy person. We have lost him too early especially when everything was going so well for him – I mean how many players are captains of both their club and country?
“He was the kind of person who made everyone around him smile. His presence inspired many in the Bafana Bafana camp because he was full of jokes and very welcoming, a very pleasant person who made you feel at home.
“He played a pivotal role in the Bafana Bafana revival because he is one of the few players who has a big heart. He contributed a lot the national team’s recent success and will be sorely missed.”
Doncaster Rovers midfielder Furman shared Vilakazi’s views.
“He was such a humble guy and to think that someone can take a life just like that is hard to believe. He had an infectious smile, made people around him happy, he was very enthusiastic and a very positive individual. It was a pleasure to be around him and that we won’t see him again is a bitter pill to swallow.
“He was such an incredible person. For a while he was not playing but he gave support to the team and you could see by his celebrations from the bench.
“He was a lovely leader, outstanding person whose performance on the field was unbelievable – something we can all learn from him. He will sorely be missed.”
Furman adds: “We should come together and mourn together as a nation for him because he deserves it. He will forever stay in our hearts. I think the least we can do is to play the last two games of the qualifiers for him because he was a true leader.”