Goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, 27, was gunned down after trying to stand up to a gang who raided his girlfriend’s home
South Africa’s football captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has died after being shot, South African police say.
The incident reportedly happened at Meyiwa’s girlfriend’s house in Vosloorus, south of Johannesburg in an attempted burglary.
The 27-year-old played for Orlando Pirates and had played in South Africa’s last four Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
He started playing for Orlando Pirates, based in the Parktown district of Johannesburg, in 2005.
He featured on his side’s 4-1 victory over Ajax Cape Town on Saturday which helped his side progress to the semi-finals of the South African League Cup.
In a statement, the South African Police Service said two men had entered the house, around 20:00 (18:00 GMT), while a third man remained outside.
All three fled after shots were fired in what local media reports say was an attempted burglary.
A reward of about $14,000 has been offered for information leading to the suspects’ arrest.
Meyiwa was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.
“This is a sad loss whichever way you look at it, to Senzo’s family, his extended family, Orlando Pirates and to the nation.” said Pirates’ chairman Irvin Khoza.