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Murdered goalkeeper Meyiwa up for major award

Murdered South African captain Senzo Meyiwa has been nominated for the African Player of the Year award.

The Orlando Pirates captain was shot by burglars at his girlfriend's house last month, dying of his injuries.

Senzo Mewiya was killed in October. Credit: PA

Meyiwa was highly-regarded by his team-mates and coaches before his death.

He joins the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Yaya Toure on the list of 20 nominees.

South Africa pays tribute to murdered football captain

Tens of thousands of mourning football fans have filled Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium to pay tribute to murdered South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa at his funeral service.

Members of the South African Police service carried the casket of Senzo Meyiwa into the stadium in the goalkeeper's home city. He was shot dead last weekend at his girlfriend's house during a burglary. Credit: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko
A football fan dressed in the goalkeeper's strip danced ahead of the funeral service. Credit: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko
Mourners sang as they held aloft posters with the picture of the slain South African captain. Police confirmed yesterday a suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with his murder. Credit: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

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Steven Pienaar: Meyiwa will be sadly missed

Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar has expressed his sadness over the death of South Africa captain Senzo Meyiwa.

The 27-year-old Orlando Pirates goalkeeper was shot dead on Sunday by burglars.

Senzo Meyiwa was captain of both his club Orlando Pirates and his country. Credit: PA

Former South Africa international Pienaar said in a statement: "First of all, I want to express my sincere sympathy to Senzo’s family and friends at this very sad time. To lose your life at a young age when you have so much ahead of you is tragic and very difficult to understand. Senzo was a very talented goalkeeper who was well liked by team-mates and opponents alike. Our nation has lost a popular sportsman and he will be sadly missed."

Pistorius prosecutors announce appeal

State prosecutors in South Africa will appeal the culpable homicide conviction and five-year sentence Olympic and Paralympic track athlete Oscar Pistorius, the National Prosecuting Authority has announced.

NPA spokesman Nathi Mncube made the announcement on his Twitter feed earlier.

South African prosecutors to appeal Pistorius verdict

Oscar Pistorius on his way to jail after sentencing. Credit: Reuters

South African prosecutors have said that they will appeal the verdict and sentence in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial.

Former Olympic athlete Pistorius was found guilty of manslaughter over the killing for his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year and sentenced to five years imprisonment.

Meyiwa 'a legend in the making' - minister

South Africa's minister of sport and recreation Fikile Mbalula has described Senzo Meyiwa as 'a legend in the making'.

The Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper was shot dead by burglars at his girlfriend's house on Sunday.

Senzo Meyiwa was the South Africa international captain. Credit: Reuters

"We would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to Senzo Meyiwa's family, his club, Orlando Pirates, the nation and the entire football and sporting fraternity," Mbalula said.

"The death of Senzo Meyiwa has robbed this country of an icon and a legend in the making."

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