The Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana captain lost his life when he was shot on Sunday night (26 October 2014) in Vosloorus, East of Johannesburg.
The Football Federations of Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Jordan, Sao Tome e Principe among others are the latest to convey their condolences to the Meyiwa family, his club Orlando Pirates, the South African Football Association (SAFA) and the football family.
Egyptian club Al Ahly, which defeated Orlando Pirates in the final of the 2013 CAF Champions League with Senzo in goals, also paid tribute to the fallen hero of South Africa football.
“I am writing to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences over the unexexpected loss of your first team captain Senzo Meyiwa. Death is always a time of great sorrow, many of us here knew him personally and he will be missed. On behalf of everyone at Al Ahly, I would like to forward our deep sadness for the tragic loss of such a highly admired player. Our deepest condolences,” added Alan Abdel-Sadek, Football Director of Al Ahly.
“It was with utter shock and sense of sadness and sorrow that we learnt of the dastardly murder of the Captain of the Senior Men’s National Football Team of South Africa. The Nigerian Football Federation and the entire Nigeria football family is in deep mourning over the killing of the Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana number one goalkeeper who still had his life ahead of him. The snuffing out of the life of one of the glowing stars of South African football is as tragic as is unfortunate and we hope and pray that the security agencies will bring the perpetrators to justice in quick time,” said Musa Amadu, General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation.
The NFF added that Senzo left a mark in South African football.
“Senzo’s killing has come at a time that Bafana Bafana are in good standing to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and a time when South African football at senior level is looking to be on a true revival path. This makes his tragic departure much more painful,” added Amadu.
“Our solace is that Senzo left his footprints in the sands of time even at the young age of 27 and we pray that he will find mercy in the eyes of the Almighty God for eternal rest. We also pray that God will grant the immediate family, the friends he left behind and the South African football family the fortitude to bear the big loss.”
Others described Senzo as a gentleman.
“The Sao Tome e Principe Football Federaton (FSF) has learnt with great shock and dismay at the passing away of South Africa and Orlando Pirates captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, a gentleman and talented player. In my personal capacity, and on behalf of the FSF Executive Committee, our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased, SAFA, Orlando Pirates and all those who knew Senzo,” said Idalecio Pachire, President of the FSF.