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South Africa’s International Goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa Shot Dead

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SOUTH Africa’s international goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has died after being shot. South African police said the 27-year-old who also played for the Orlando Pirates, known as the Bucs, was shot on Sunday in Vosloorus, a township 20 miles south of Johannesburg. A tweet from the police said: “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, the Johannesburg club for whom Meyiwa last played on Saturday, 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 and the nation.”

Dean Furman, who plays for South Africa and Doncaster Rovers, tweeted: “Beyond devastated at the loss of our captain & friend Senzo Meyiwa. thoughts & prayers are with his family & friends at this terrible time.”

Darren Keet, a fellow South African goalkeeper who plays for Belgian club KV Kortrijk and the national side, offered his deepest condolences to Meyiwa’s family and friends. He wrote: “Deeply saddening to hear this news about our captain and friend”, adding that Meyiwa would be “missed, but never forgotten”. He said Meyiwa’s killing was sad for South Africa. – The Independent

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