South African soccer captain Senzo Meyiwa. (Google Images)
South African soccer captain Senzo Meyiwa. (Google Images)

BBC Sports is reporting that South Africa will honor former goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa by playing their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan in his hometown of Durban. Meyiwa was shot and killed on Sunday during a botched robbery, tragically ending the newly-appointed South Africa captain’s career. The author writes:

“Meyiwa skippered South Africa in their first four Nations Cup qualifiers without conceding a goal.

His performances helped to put Bafana Bafana on the brink of qualifying for next year’s tournament in Morocco – they will book their place with a victory over Sudan.

The Moses Mabhida Stadium will also be used for Meyiwa’s funeral on Saturday after the original venue in nearby Umlazi was deemed too small by organisers, who expect mourners to come from across the country for the popular Orlando Pirates player.”

Organizers are offering free transportation to Meyiwa’s funeral. Meyiwa was shot and killed at the home of his girlfriend, Afropop singer Kelly Khumalo. He was 27.

Read more at BBC Sports.

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