Meyiwa: 5 years of pain

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It’s been exactly five years since the passing of Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa.

Meyiwa was allegedly killed by robbers at a house in Vosloorus on the east rand, Gauteng.

Five years on and there has been no justice for the Meyiwas, and the country at large.

October 26 will remain a painful reminder that Meyiwa died just 27 years old and still had a lot to give to the nation.

The fact that his father Sam died three months ago without finding closure rubs salt on the wound.

For the football community, that wound may never heal without the killers being brought to book and account for their shameful act.

For now, FARPost joins everyone in celebrating Meyia’s contribution to the local game that saw him represent the nation seven times at senior level.

SENZO MEYIWA FACT FILE

Born: September 24, 1987

Place of birth: Umlazi, Durban

Pirates debut: November 8, 2006, Orlando Pirates 2-1 AmaZulu

Pirates starts: 157

International honours: Former South Africa U-17, U-20 & U-23 international; 7 Bafana Bafana caps (6 starts, 1 sub)

Bafana debut: June 2, 2013, Lesotho 0-2 South Africa

Honours: 2010 & 2011 MTN8 winner; 2011 & 2012 Absa Premiership winner; 2011 & 2014 Nedbank Cup winner; 2013 CAF Champions League runner-up.

FARPost reporter Amahle Siphungu remembers the likeable Meyiwa…

FARPost’s Amahle Siphungu
“One thing I remember about Senzo Meyiwa was his character outside of the pitch, his love for the supporters and the community, and how they loved him was truly beautiful. Senzo was also someone who was a perfectionist at what he did and I particularly remember one of his best games against TP Mazembe in the CAF Champions League when he saved two penalties in Lubumbashi, hence some called him King Lubumbashi. Lala Ngoxolo Okpara JR.”
FARPost Editor Tiyani wa ka Mabasa pays tribute to Meyiwa…
FARPost Editor Tiyani wa ka Mabasa
“I interacted many times with Nzori and his death hit me hard. He taught me one thing in life and that is PERSEVERANCE. I used to think he was crazy giving me answers like he was prepared to fight for his place, even though I was aware that he had been playing second fiddle to different goalkeepers at Pirates. Honestly, I was convinced he was there to simply add to the numbers. That was until he got his chance and surprised all and sundry with his performances. From when he became a regular at Pirates to becoming first choice at Bafana, the man was unstoppable or rather unbeatable. I was looking forward to watching even more of his games. But it’s what it is and God knows best. May your soul rest in peace Nzori.” 

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