South African skipper-goalkeeper Meyiwa passes away after being shot

South African skipper-goalkeeper Meyiwa passes away after being shot
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Senzo Meyiwa
Senzo Meyiwa

South African police revealed that South Africa's football team captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has passed away after he was shot.

The incident reportedly happened at Meyiwa's girlfriend's house in Vosloorus, south of Johannesburg.

The 27-year-old played for Orlando Pirates and had played in South Africa's last four Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, The BBC reported.

On Saturday, Meyiwa had been in action for his club, when they progressed to the semifinals of the South African League Cup. Orlando Pirates beat Ajax Cape Town 4-1.

In a statement, the South African Police Service said that two men had entered the house, while a third man remained outside. All three fled after shots were fired, in what local media reports have claimed was an attempted burglary.

A reward of about 14,000 dollars has been offered for information leading to the suspects' arrest.

Meyiwa was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

Pirates' chairman Irvin Khoza said that this is a sad loss whichever way one looks at it, to Senzo's family, his extended family, Orlando Pirates and to the nation.

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