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South African football team captain shot dead in Johannesburg

Updated: 2014-10-27
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Senzo Meyiwa
South African goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has been shot dead. (Getty)
 
South Africa captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has been shot dead in Johannesburg.
 
Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale said Meyiwa, 27, was shot at a house late yesterday in Vosloorus, a township about 20km south of the city, and declared dead on admission to hospital.
 
Lt Gen Makgale said the circumstances surrounding the shooting were unknown and police were at the scene investigating.
 
The South African club also confirmed that the player had been killed.
 
Senzo Meyiwa
 
Meyiwa played for the Orlando Pirates in Soweto Saturday and has been in outstanding form for the national team during recent 2015 Africa Cup qualifiers.
 
The death of the national football team captain is the second tragedy to hit South African sport within three days after former world 800-metre champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi died Friday in a car crash.
 
South Africa team-mates Dean Furman and Andile Jali were among the first to react to the latest tragedy on Twitter.
 
"Beyond devastated at the loss of our captain and friend Senzo Meyiwa. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this terrible time," tweeted England-based Furman who plays for Doncaster Rovers in the third-tier in the English leagues.
 
"Just got a call and I was sleeping, but now I cannot sleep because of what I just heard," said Jali, who moved from Pirates to Belgium this year.
 
Senzo Meyiwa
Meyiwa shakes hands with Manchester United star Wayne Rooney. (Getty)
 
After many years in the South African football shadows, Meyiwa had a meteoric climb to fame with club and country.
 
He displaced national squad goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs as first-choice at Pirates, the only South African side to be crowned African champions.
 
And a recent injury to South Africa captain and goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune gave Meyiwa a chance in the national team, popularly known as Bafana Bafana (The Boys).
 
New national coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba not only promoted Durban-born Meyiwa to replace Khune but also made him captain of a team that has struggled in recent years.
 
Meyiwa responded by leading the team to victories over Sudan and Congo Brazzaville and draws with Congo and Nigeria, a country South Africa traditionally struggle against.
 
He was also made captain of Pirates and helped the club defeat Ajax Cape Town 4-1 Saturday in a South African League Cup quarter-final.
 
The only Ajax attempt that beat Meyiwa came from a penalty kick.
  
SOURCE: 9news.com.au
      
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XMren commented on 27 Oct 2014
Lt Gen Makgale said the circumstances surrounding the shooting were unknown and police were at the scene investigating.