Senzo Meyiwa was a South African goalkeeper who had played for the country as well as the South African Club, Orlando Pirates. He was born on 27th September 1987 in Durban, South Africa as Senzo Robert Meyiwa. He was born a twin; however his twin brother had died a long time ago.
He began his recorded career as a footballer for which he would become popular as a striker with London Cosmos, before switching to the goal post. His spell with the club was not known, however he joined the youth team of Orlando Pirates in 2002.
It was in 2000 that he was identified by scouts when he partook in the Transnet Under-14 and Coca-Cola U-17 Inter-Provincial tournaments for his province (KwaZulu-Natal) as a 13-year old. After the tournament he was invited to Orlando Pirates to try put with the youth team
He moved to the club’s youth team in 2002 and remained there till 2005 when he was moved to Orlando Pirates. His debut with the team was in 2006 against AmaZulu in a game that ended 2-1 in favor of Orlando pirates. He remained with the team until his death in 2014.
In his time with the team, Senzo Meyiwa won trebles in the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons. This meant the team winning the MTN8 titles, Absa Premiership titles, the Telkom Knockout and Nedbank Cup in the seasons.
He made his debut into the South African team, Bafana Bafana in 2013 when he came in as a substitute for Sandilands. In that match against Lesotho, Bafana Bafana won by two goals to nil. Having had a fantastic run in the qualifiers for 2015 AFCON, Meyiwa was drafted to participate in the tournament proper before his death.
Clubs: London Cosmos (Youth team), Orlando Pirates (Youth Team; 2002-2005), Orlando Pirates (2006-2014)
Teams: Bafana Bafana (South African national team).
His last national game was against Congo on October 15 2014. The game ended in a 0-0 draw.
His last Club and professional game was a 4-1 thrashing of Ajax Cape Town in a Telkom Knockout quarterfinal game.
During his time with the Pirates he made over a hundred and fifty starts for the team, with which he won some trophies including the two times treble of the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons.
With the National team, Senzo featured in 7 games, starting in six. He rose to captain the team before his death. He had as well played for South Africa’s U-17, U-20 and U-23 teams.
Even after his death, Senzo Meyiwa latest news would still carry information on his relationships. The ace goalkeeper had various relationships with different women.
His first and most enduring relationship was with Mandisa Mkhize, whom he met in 2005 and married in 2013 after an engagement in 2012. Mandisa Meyiwa had a daughter for Senzo.
Senzo’s next relationship was with South African controversial singer, Kelly Khumalo, whom he dated till his death. With Kelly, he had a daughter who was born after his death.
It has as well been reported that he had another child who is the eldest of his known children.
Meyiwa was killed on 26th October 2014 in Kelly’s family house. The footballer died of gunshot wound in what remains shrouded in mystery, as no arrests have been made, although it was popularly claimed that it could be a robbery. It was even more confusing as an expert private investigator in the country, Brad Nathanson put in his voice to say the murder could be related to match fixing.
Before his death, Senzo’s marriage was crashing as a result of his going out with Kelly. While he took full responsibility of the entire happenings, after his death, his father who wouldn’t hide his disgust for Kelly said she was a curse to his son, and had something to do with the death.
The singer on the other side claimed innocence of the accusation and said she wouldn’t allow the family anywhere near her daughter. She attracted the wrath of Senzo’s father when she said she was working on a song in remembrance of the football star. According to the father who wished the singer be arrested on stage, she had no right to sing a song for his son without first getting the permission of the family.
On the 1st of November 2014, the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban saw a massive 30 thousand South Africans gathering to witness the state burial of their loved goalkeeper and bid farewell. Senzo Meyiwa was buried on that day in the Heroes acre in Maryville cemetery outside Durban.