Blatter's sorrow at Senzo's death

LONDON - The Fifa president Sepp Blatter has expressed his "deepest sorrow and anguish" at the death of South Africa goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa.

In a letter to Danny Jordaan, president of the South African Football Association, Blatter conveyed the condolences of the global football family following the tragic shooting of the Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates No 1.

He wrote: "On behalf of the international football community I would like to express my deepest sorrow and anguish at the senseless killing of South Africa and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa last night. My heart goes out to his friends and family for the terrible loss of his young life.

"Senzo will be sadly missed by his teammates and fans of both Orlando Pirates and the South African national team, which he recently captained with great success in their latest qualifying matches. Please express my most heartfelt sympathy to all of Senzo’s loved ones and let them know that our thoughts are with them at this difficult time."

Meyiwa, 27, had kept goal for South Africa in each of their last four Caf Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, keeping clean sheets in all four, and on Saturday helped Orlando Pirates reach the semifinals of the South African League Cup. – Agencies

Comments (5)

senseless killing indeed, RIP Young life

ehoo mwazvizwa - 28 October 2014

The South African Government has done little to curb such tragic loss of life. A lot needs to be done to protect the general population from criminals. Last time it was Lucky Dube, today its Senzo Meyiwa and we don't know when they really will work on this.

Ndarwadziwa - 28 October 2014

Last heroic feat

protestor - 28 October 2014

I grieve with the Senzo family and friends. Death is always a sorrowful event. My condolences. It is however a bit out-of-line to say that the South African government "does nothing"! Yes it is weird to say such statement. Perhaps the best is for you or us to suggest what need to be done. South African government has allowed churches to mashroom, the hope was that churches are powerful, insspired organisations that could deter existence of crime; teaching good moral behaviour. Leaders world over have encouraged such behavior, Grace Mugabe and husband, the president of Lesotho (cant figure his name), Korea etc. What has the world say to that. How many people died in Zimbabwe during the election re-run of 2008 due to Mugabe's cling to power? Recently, South Africa has taken on of the richest to court, screened over 49 days live on television, highlighting what is unwanted by the laws, was not lessons enough? How many police overs have died in SA while chasing thieves or drug dealers? Is that not enough sacrifice? Come-on good people....if there are other ideas, which have been tried and worked elsewhere, bring them forward. Lastly, SA has tried to make its borders water-tighty leading to xhenopia of 2008/9, how much criticism did the SA government got? When in fact the same foreign nationals also commit crimes of similar magnitute without trace. My cousin is in custody here in SA for murder, he does not even have a valid passport yet he has stayed here for over 4 years. Come-on guys lets be real, why dont each of us have a relationship with our neighbours and teach them moral values or vice verse, receive moral value from them to make our community lovable....but I encourage someone to start from the Top.....Thabo Mbeki, although it had an element deception and stage-managing did that to Mugabe which resulted into a UNITY GVT.....

Goodman5 - 29 October 2014

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