The 27-year-old goalkeeper and captain was shot by an intruder at the home of his pop singer girlfriend south of Johannesburg on 26 October. After the game, new goalkeeper Darren Keet dedicated the win to Meyiwa, paying tribute to his friend by sporting a moving, handwritten quote from The Bible on his gloves.
"The verse on there (the gloves) was John 15:17, where it says, 'there's no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friend'. I'm emotional of course, he was a great friend of mine," said the 25-year-old. "I just want to pay tribute and honour him. I never got the chance to go to the grave but I hope he's watching us from above and knows that we are thinking about him.
"I just wish he was here with us, that's all I can say, that's what makes it emotional, is that he is not here with us. We want him here as a team but unfortunately his time has gone and we have to move on and his memory will stay strong."
Equatorial Guinea, named as hosts in place of Morocco on Friday, qualify automatically for the 17 January - 8 February event. The 2015 Cup of Nations was moved to Equatorial Guinea when Morocco were stripped of the right to hold it after insisting on the continental showcase being postponed due to the Ebola crisis.