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Soccer: South African Goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa Fatally Shot

(October 25, 2013 - Source: Gallo Images/Getty Images Europe)
(October 25, 2013 – Source: Gallo Images/Getty Images Europe)

JOHANNESBURG –  South African international, Senzo Meyiwa was fatally shot when armed men broke into the house where he was staying, police said.

The South African goalkeeper was fatally shot around 8 pm local time according to sources. “There was an altercation. Senzo Meyiwa was shot,” the official South African police Twitter account said.  The shooting happened after several men entered a house in the Vosloorus township near Johannesburg.

The incident reportedly happened at Meyiwa’s girlfriend’s house in Vosloorus, south of Johannesburg. The 27-year-old played for the Orlando Pirates a soccer club based out of Parktown, Johannesburg which plays in the Premier Soccer League.

On Saturday, Meyiwa was in action for his club, when they progressed to the semi-finals of the South African League Cup beating Ajax Cape Town 4-1.  Currently there is a reward offered by the South African National Police Force for the capture of the suspects involved.

In a statement, the South African Police Service said two men had entered the house, around 8 pm, 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.

Irvin Khoza, Chairman of the Orlando Pirates made a statement saying: “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.

South African soccer club, Orlando Pirates said in a statement that it “has learned with sadness about the untimely death of our number one goalkeeper and current captain Senzo Meyiwa.”

Meyiwa has been awarded 6 international caps with the South African National Team but never had the opportunity to play in any big competitions aside from the African Cup of Nations.

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