Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates skipper, Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead suspected armed robbers who attacked he and his girlfriend in the latter's home near Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday. Officials said Meyiwa met his death while trying to protect his girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo.
The 27-year-old goalkeeper received a shot to his chest while protecting his girlfriend, who is a local actress and singer in the township of Vosloorus.
"Two guys entered the house and demanded cellphones, money and other valuables. Senzo tried to protect Khumalo because one of the men had a gun pointed towards her," provincial Community Safety official Sizakele Nkosi-Malubane told reporters.
Police on Sunday said two men entered Khumalo's house about. A third waited outside the house and all three fled immediately after the shooting. Meyiwa was declared dead on arrival at hospital, the police added.
Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim Mashaba comforted several of Meyiwa's teammates who arrived at the hospital not long after the shooting.
"We can assure all South Africans that we will do all we can to bring Meyiwa's killers to book," the South African Police Servicer said on its Twitter account, offering a reward of R150 000.
Meyiwa captained South Africa in their last four matches in the African Nations Cup qualifiers without conceding a goal and played on Saturday when his club advanced to the semi-finals of the South African League Cup.
"This is a sad loss whichever way you look at it to Senzo's family, his extended family, Orlando Pirates and to the nation," Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza said in a statement.