Pirates retire Senzo's number

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates boss Dr Irvin Khoza has indicated that the club will retire the number one jersey worn by the late Senzo Meyiwa.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, the day after Meyiwa was shot and killed in what appears to have been a botched robbery, Khoza spoke of the void left by the goalkeeper.

"In these difficult time we need to stand together and honour the legacy of Senzo. He has left his mark and it's up to us now to continue in his name," Khoza said.

"No one can replace Senzo. And his jersey will never be worn by anyone else again," he added.

Khoza paid tribute to the 27-year-old, asserting that he had exceeded expectations during his time at the club.

"Senzo, in a short time he spent with us, he achieved more than I expected,” Khoza said.

“He was a player in the Under-17 of the national team, he was in the Under-20s, he was in the senior national team. He was the captain of Bafana Bafana, he played for Pirates.

"He won the treble back-to-back, he was in five finals, he was also in the Final of the Champions League. For me there is no better achievement than that one.

“He was involved in all what I call trigger events, events that are changing the landscape of the game in the country.

“So Senzo was all part of this."

It is expected that Meyiwa will be laid to rest this coming weekend.
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