Tributes from across the globe continue to pour in as national football federations pay their respects


The Football Federations of Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Jordan, Sao Tome e Principe among others are the latest to convey their condolences to the Meyiwa family, his club Orlando Pirates, the South African Football Association (SAFA) and the football family.

Egyptian club Al Ahly, which defeated Orlando Pirates in the final of the 2013 CAF Champions League with Senzo in goals, also paid tribute to the fallen hero of South Africa football.

“I am writing to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences over the unexpected loss of your first team captain Senzo Meyiwa,” Football Director of Al Ahly Alan Abdel-Sadek said.

“Death is always a time of great sorrow, many of us here knew him personally and he will be missed. On behalf of everyone at Al Ahly, I would like to forward our deep sadness for the tragic loss of such a highly admired player. Our deepest condolences.”

The Nigerian Football Federation called on the authorities to bring the killers to book in their tribute to the keeper who kept a clean sheet against the Super Eagles in Cape Town last month.

“It was with utter shock and sense of sadness and sorrow that we learnt of the dastardly murder of the Captain of the Senior Men’s National Football Team of South Africa,” said Musa Amadu, General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation.

“The Nigerian Football Federation and the entire Nigeria football family is in deep mourning over the killing of the Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana number one goalkeeper who still had his life ahead of him. The snuffing out of the life of one of the glowing stars of South African football is as tragic as is unfortunate and we hope and pray that the security agencies will bring the perpetrators to justice in quick time.”

Others described the Bafana and Pirates gloveman as a gentleman.

“The Sao Tome e Principe Football Federaton (FSF) has learnt with great shock and dismay at the passing away of South Africa and Orlando Pirates captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, a gentleman and talented player,” said Idalecio Pachire, President of the FSF.

“In my personal capacity, and on behalf of the FSF Executive Committee, our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased, SAFA, Orlando Pirates and all those who knew Senzo.”

Meanwhile, the PSL has released a statement that all PSL and NFD fixtures this week will observe a moment of silence for the late Meyiwa.

“The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has confirmed that a moment of silence will be observed at all fixtures until the end of the weekend to mark the passing of Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa,” the statement read.

“This will apply to both the National First Division (NFD) and Absa Premiership fixtures from Wednesday, 29 October 2014 until Sunday, 02 November 2014.”