South Africa’s national football team captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has died after being shot, according to the South African police.
The 27-year-old Orlando Pirates goalkeeper had featured in the Bafana Bafana’s last four Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
He was in action for the ‘Bucs’ on Saturday, when they progressed to the semi-finals of the South African League Cup. Pirates beat Ajax Cape Town 4-1.
The incident reportedly took place at Meyiwa’s girlfriend’s house in Vosloorus, south of Johannesburg.
The South African Police Service, in a statement, said two men had entered the said premise, around 20:00 (7pm Nigerian time), while a third man remained outside. All three fled after shots were fired.
Meyiwa was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.
A reward of about $14,000 has been offered for information leading to the suspects’ arrest.
Orlando Pirates, a side based in Parktown district of Johannesburg, are to give a press conference on Monday to react further to the news.
Meanwhile, tributes have been pouring in for Meyiwa.
A tweet from the SAPS read: “We have to brake (sic) normal protocol. We can confirm that Bucs keeper Senzo Meyiwa has been shot and sadly declared dead on arrival at hospital.”
The Pirates said: “The @Orlando_Pirates family has learned with sadness of the untimely death of our number 1 keeper & captain Senzo Meyiwa.”
Club chairman Dr Irvin Khoza added: “This is a sad loss to Senzo’s family especially his children, to Orlando Pirates & the nation.” Having made his debut for Orlando in 2005, Meyiwa had made his mark for the South African national team in 2014, captaining the side in their last four qualifiers for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations.
South Africa team-mate Dean Furman reacted to the news on Twitter, with the Doncaster player saying: “Beyond devastated at the loss of our captain & friend Senzo Meyiwa. thoughts & prayers are with his family & friends at this terrible time.”