As expected, most of the Bafana Bafana have also expressed shock at the sudden death of their captain Senzo Meyiwa and this is what they had to say.
The Orlando Pirates goalkeeper was shot in a robbery in Vosloorus, East of Johannesburg on Sunday night and his teammates join the likes of Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa the Honourable Fikile Mbalula, FIFA, CAF, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and many more in sending their condolences to the Meyiwa Family.
Sibusiso Vilakazi: Bafana Bafana and Bidvest Wits
I am speechless. I am very emotional and sad about the sudden passing on of Senzo. 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.
Dean Furman: Bafana Bafana and Doncaster Rovers, England
This is just terrible news, very awful and it’s hard to even think about anything else. When death strikes near you it sort of puts life into perspective. When I got to training this morning (Monday, 27 October) at my club, the reaction I got from my teammates following the passing on of Senzo showed the magnitude of the player.
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.
It is very tough that we won’t see him again because he was such an inspiration. 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. My deepest condolences to his club, family and friends, I am really shattered.
Reneilwe Letsholonyane: Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs
It is sad to hear such news, and it is even sadder that it had to happen to a person like him – one of the most humble persons/players I have ever come across. I was fortunate that I got to spend time with him at the last Bafana Bafana camp where we not only spoke about football, but personnal stuff. He was a great listener and gave advice where needed.
On the field we all know he did his job magnificently for his club and represented his country with pride. Senzo was a very good goalkeeper and facing him in the Kaizer Chiefs-Orlando Pirates derby was always a challenge because he was very competitive. He never wanted to be on the losing side, but above all he was an entertainer who made the derby fun and exciting. I am very fortunate to have known him personally. My deepest condolences to all who knew him.
Kagisho Dikgacoi: Bafana Bafana and Cardiff, England
It is hard to take. It is hard to believe he is really gone. Even now I find it difficult to think of him as the deceased. Why Senzo? When I got the news last night I called around from my place in England to South Africa – and when it was even confirmed I still phoned more people because I could not believe it. I found it very hard to sleep. What a great person he was, he knew how to cheer you up when you were down. I remember him from our days in the U23 national team and even at Bafana Bafana, not forgetting our duels when I was at Lamontville Golden Arrows and him at Pirates.
After I heard the news I believe the death must come back to combat such crimes. We cannot tolerate such behavour which will go unpunished. The police must work round the clock to bring his killers to book. This is just not on, we can’t go on like this as a country.
Meyiwa’s funeral details are expected to be announced soon and it looks as if it will be held in Umlazi, Durban where Meyiwa grew up.