THE death of the Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa is devastating, Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya has said.
Kalu, who described Meyiwa’s death as a big tragedy, said the death come at a time when the South African goalie had started enjoying his career.
“It is a big tragedy because he had become very big not only in South Africa but the entire continent.”
“We would like to pass our heartfelt condolences to his family, Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates,” he said.
Meyiwa was shot dead at the home of his girl friend in Johannesburg by gunmen who apparently wanted to rob the occupants of the house.
Police say he was shot once in the chest as he tried to move to the door, and died before reaching hospital.
Police have offered a reward of R250, 000 to anyone with information on the three suspects who fled on foot after the shooting
Kalu said he had been following Meyiwa’s performance for quite some time, adding that his death had left a big gap in two teams.
He said Meyiwa’s death was very difficult to Orlando Pirates, Bafana Bafana and his family because it happened at a time when he had started making a name in his career.
“We are really saddened as people who have been keenly following African football. It is indeed a sad development to the African footballing fraternity,” he said.
And FIFA president Sepp Blatter has expressed his “deepest sorrow and anguish” at the death of Meyiwa.
In a letter to Dr Danny Jordaan, president of the South African Football Association, Blatter conveyed the condolences of the global football family following the tragic shooting of the Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates No 1.
He wrote: “On behalf of the international football community I would like to express my deepest sorrow and anguish at the senseless killing of South Africa and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa last night. My heart goes out to his friends and family for the terrible loss of his young life.
“Senzo will be sadly missed by his teammates and fans of both Orlando Pirates and the South African national team, which he recently captained with great success in their latest qualifying matches. Please express my most heartfelt sympathy to all of Senzo’s loved ones and let them know that our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”
On Sunday, South African Police Service confirmed that the 27-year-old was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital on the East Rand in Gauteng.
Details of the attack are sketchy at this stage, but a reward has been offered to anyone with more information.
The SAPS have taken to twitter to communicate with an emotional public, who’ve rushed to the scene and to the hospital.
Captain of both club and country, Meyiwa played for Orlando Pirates on Saturday at Orlando stadium in their Telkom Knockout 4-1 quarterfinal win over Ajax Cape Town.
Meyiwa, had kept goal for South Africa in each of their last four CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, keeping clean sheets in all four, and on Saturday helped Orlando Pirates reach the semifinals of the South African League Cup.