REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko South Africa’s Senzo Robert Meyiwa playing Australia in May 2014.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The goalkeeper and captain of South Africa’s national soccer team was fatally shot when armed men broke into the house where he was staying, police said Monday.
Senzo Meyiwa was killed Sunday after two gunmen entered a house in Vosloorus township near Johannesburg while an accomplice waited outside, the national police force said on its Twitter account. The three assailants then fled, according to the police service, which offered a reward of nearly $14,000 for information leading to arrests in the case.
South African soccer club Orlando Pirates confirmed Meyiwa’s death, saying in a statement that it “has learned with sadness about the untimely death of our number one goalkeeper and current captain Senzo Meyiwa.”
“This is a sad loss whichever way you look at it — to Senzo’s family, his extended family, Orlando Pirates and to the nation,” Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza said.
Meyiwa was South Africa’s captain in its four qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations this year, including its last game, a 0-0 draw with Republic of Congo on Oct. 15.
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