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Blatter's sorrow at Meyiwa's death

Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa
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The FIFA President has expressed his "deepest sorrow and anguish" at the death of South Africa goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa. In a letter to Dr Danny Jordaan, president of the South African Football Association, Joseph S. Blatter conveyed the condolences of the global football family following the tragic shooting of the *Bafana Bafana *and Orlando Pirates No1.

He wrote: "On behalf of the international football community I would like to express my deepest sorrow and anguish at the senseless killing of South Africa and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa last night. My heart goes out to his friends and family for the terrible loss of his young life.

"Senzo will be sadly missed by his team-mates and fans of both Orlando Pirates and the South African national team, which he recently captained with great success in their latest qualifying matches. Please express my most heartfelt sympathy to all of Senzo’s loved ones and let them know that our thoughts are with them at this difficult time."

Meyiwa, 27, had kept goal for South Africa in each of their last four CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, keeping clean sheets in all four, and on Saturday helped Orlando Pirates reach the semi-finals of the South African League Cup.

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