Senzo Meyiwa’s Jersey number 1 will retired in his honour

Orlando Pirates chairman Dr. Irvin Khoza announce that Senzo Meyiwa jersey number 1 will be retired by the club and will not be used any player in future. Google+

Senzo Meyiwa Jersey Number 1 to be retiredDr. Irvin Khoza was quoted saying “I don’t think anyone can replace Senzo and his jersey will never be worn by anyone else again”.

The 27 year old Senzo Meyiwa had captained Bafana Bafana under coach Shakes Mashaba on four consecutive occasions – all in 2015 Afcon Qualification matches and did not concede any goals during his captaincy.

Most recently coach Vladimir Vermezović made him captain of Orlando Pirates.

On Saturday October 25, 2014 Senzo Meyiwa captained Orlando Pirates for the last time in the 4-1 outclassing of Ajax Cape Town in the 2014 Telkom Knockout match in Orlando East, Soweto at Orlando Stadium.

On Sunday October 25, 2014 while visiting his girlfriend and mother of his child, Kelly Khumalo, Senzo Meyiwa was shot in the back through the chest by intruders who perceived his movement as a sign of aggression.

Senzo Meyiwa was transported to hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

He is the second player to have this posthumous honour bestowed on him, the other being Lesley Manyathela – Orlando Pirates most prolific striker in recent memory – who died in a car accident  outside his hometown Musina, Limpopo on August 9, 2003 less than month before his 22nd birthday.

Lesley Manyathela scored 48 goals in 73 matches, his number 22 was retired and has never appeared in any match since.

Other Orlando Pirates retired numbers are number 10 who was reportedly retired in honour of Jomo Sono and number 13 who was retired after the death (the records indicate) of Clifford Moleko.

It is worth noting that the future and fate of number 10 at Orlando Pirates remains uncertain as the number was used by a lesser known Orlando Pirates player (William Nkululeko Twala)  in the 2013 CAF Champions League match; a 1-0 defeat against AC Leopards at Stade Municipal Denis Sassou N’Guesso in the city of Dolisie in Congo.

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