A football captain has been shot dead, reportedly defending his girlfriend.

The talented footballer had just seen his club go through to the semi-finals after winning their match 4-1. It is reported that burglars broke into his girlfriend’s house and there may have been a confrontation that led to the fatal shooting.

Senzo Meyiwa was shot in the burglary

Senzo Meyiwa was shot in the burglary

Senzo Meyiwa started playing for popular Soweto team Orlando Pirates in 2005; the skilled goalkeeper went on to captain the national team and had played in South Africa’s last four Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The South African police made a statement, describing how two men had entered Kelly Khumalo’s house at approximately 8pm on Sunday evening; the burglars demanded mobile phones and valuables while a third man remained on watch outside.

After shots were heard, the three criminals fled on foot while the emergency services raced to the scene. Senzo Meyiwa was rushed to the hospital but pronounced dead on arrival.

The footballer was reportedly defending his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo

The footballer was reportedly defending his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo

South African President Jacob Zuma issued a statement this morning: “We mourn the death of this young footballer and team leader whose life has been taken away at the prime of his career. Words cannot express the nation’s shock at this loss.”

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