South Africa officials have confirmed the killing of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa by unknown armed attackers.
Meyiwa was said to have be gunned down by intruders when trying to protect his girlfriend during a robbery at her home near Johannesburg on Sunday night.
As reported on SuperSports, the 27-year-old goalkeeper died after suffering a single shot through the chest at the home of his girlfriend identified as Kelly Khumalo.
“Two guys entered the house and demanded cell phones, money and other valuables,” provincial Community Safety official, Sizakele Nkosi-Malubane, told reporters at the scene.
“Senzo tried to protect Kelly because one of the men had a gun pointed towards her.”
Police said two men entered Khumalo’s house about 8p.m. local time (1800 GMT). A third waited outside the house and all three fled immediately after the shooting.
Meyiwa was declared dead on arrival at hospital, the police added.
“We can assure all South Africans that we will do all we can to bring Meyiwa’s killers (to) book,” the South African Police Service said on its Twitter account, offering a reward of R150 000.
Meyiwa captained South Africa in their last four matches in the African Nations Cup qualifiers without conceding a goal and playedon Saturday when his club advanced to the semi-finals of the South African League Cup.
“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 in a statement.
The death of Meyiwa makes it the second high profile death in sporting circles in South Africa in a matter of days as only recently 800m runner Mbulaeni Mulaudzi also died in a car crash.