Meyiwa was shot and killed on Sunday, 26 October in Vosloorus, East of Johannesburg.
Senzo was part of Gordon Igesund’s squad that played to a goalless draw agaisnt the New Zealanders in Auckland earlier this year (30 June 2014)
“It is with great sadness that we heard of the untimely death of the captain of your national team, Senzo Meyiwa. The player recently toured our country with Bafana Bafana and this has made the impact of his death that much greater here in New Zealand,” said Mark Aspden, President of the New Zealand Football Federation.
“Please accept and pass on our sincerest condonlences from everyone here at New Zealand Football. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and also with all of South African football in this time of grieving.”
New Zealand has been joined by the Confederation of Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) and the Tanzania Football Federation in paying tribute to the fallen hero.
“On this sad day for South African Football and the nation as a whole, we extend condolences on behalf of the Region to SAFA, the PSL, Orlando Pirates FC, and to the family as they mourn the loss of Senzo Meyiwa. Please be kind enough to pass on our thoughts and wishes to all concerned,” said Sue Destombes, CEO of COSAFA.
“The Tanzania Football Federation and the entire football fraternity in Tanzania have learned with sadness about the untimely death of your National Team goalkeeper and captain, Senzo Meyiwa. His untimely passing is a blow not only to his immediate family, but also to the extended family, his club Orlando Pirates, SAFA and the game of football at large. His demise has come at a time when his club and his nation needed him the most,” said Jamal E. Malinzi, President of the Tanzania Football Federation.
“Our hearts go out to his family, Orlando Pirates Football Club, SAFA and the entire South African nation. We pray for their consolation throughout these trying moments. May the Almighty rest his soul in an eternally peaceful place.”
Burkina Faso has also sent a letter to extend their deepest condolences.