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Bafana want to win to honour Meyiwa

By Natali Iverson - Nov 13, 2014
Bafana want to win to honour Meyiwa

Bafana Bafana supporters, who were waiting outside of the team’s hotel in Durban, have stated that the memory of Senzo Meyiwa will drive the team to victory when they face Sudan in their 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

"Senzo has done so much for the country and for the team," said Rhulani Nkosi, one of a small group of Bafana supporters.

"We are so sad to know Meyiwa will not be playing, he was one of our favourite players and the best goalkeeper in the country."

Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana captain and goalkeeper, Meyiwa, was shot and killed in a robbery whilst visiting his girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo, in Vosloorus on the East Rand on the 26th of October.

Meyiwa would have been included in Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba’s team for the final two AFCON qualifying matches.

Saturday’s fixture was moved from Nelspruit to Durban in honour of Meyiwa, with Mashaba saying that he has confidence in his team.

“I think it's going to be very important for us to win this game because it will be a befitting send-off for the late Senzo.

“One other thing we have been preaching is that the spirit of our late captain prevails in the team.

A win against Sudan would guarantee South Africa a spot in the AFCON tournament next year.

"We want the team to qualify for AFCON because it is an important competition for the team," Nkosi said.

"Meyiwa was the reason we did well, now the other guys must make sure that we qualify."


Photo Caption: Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana captain and goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa, who was shot and killed on the 26th of October. Photo courtesy of www.sportblog.co.za