Khoza retires Meyiwa’s No.1 jersey
Orlando Pirates boss, Dr Irvin Khoza, has announced that the club will retire the Pirates number one jersey worn by the late Bafana Bafana and Buccaneers goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa.
The Pirates captain was shot and killed in a robbery, whilst visiting his girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo, in Vosloorus on the East Rand on Sunday evening.
He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Botshelong Hospital.
Speaking at a Press Conference on Monday, Khoza said that the death of Meyiwa has “left a void” in the soccer world.
"In these difficult times we need to stand together and honour the legacy of Senzo. He has left his mark and it's up to us now to continue in his name," Khoza said.
"No one can replace Senzo. And his jersey will never be worn by anyone else again," he added.
Khoza paid tribute to the goalkeeper and said that Meyiwa had “exceeded expectations” during his time with the Buccaneers.
"Senzo, in a short time he spent with us, he achieved more than I expected,” Khoza said.
“He was a player in the Under-17 of the national team, he was in the Under-20s, he was in the senior national team. He was the captain of Bafana Bafana, he played for Pirates.
"He won the treble back-to-back, he was in five finals, he was also in the Final of the Champions League. For me there is no better achievement than that one.
“He was involved in all what I call trigger events, events that are changing the landscape of the game in the country.
“So Senzo was all part of this," Khoza expressed.
A visibly shaken Bafana Bafana coach, Shakes Mashaba, also spoke at the press conference.
“To those who are remaining behind, we hope that you have copied everything from Senzo Meyiwa.
“To the one that steps in Senzo's shoes, you have a big task ahead as Senzo set the bar for the team,” Mashaba said.
The Soweto Derby match between the Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, which was supposed to take place on the 1st of November at the FNB Stadium, has been postponed until further notice, in respect of Meyiwa’s passing.
Meyiwa’s funeral is expected to take place this weekend.
Photo caption: Senzo Meyiwa wearing his Pirates No.1 jesrsey proudly. Photo courtesy of www.nehandaradio.com
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