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S Africa football captain Senzo Meyiwa shot dead


South Africa’s football captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has died after being shot, police say.

He was reportedly attacked after men entered his girlfriend’s house in Vosloorus, south of Johannesburg.

The 27-year-old played for Orlando Pirates and had played in South Africa’s last four Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

On Saturday, he was in action for his club, when they progressed to the semi-finals of the South African League Cup.

Orlando Pirates beat Ajax Cape Town 4-1.

Reward offered

In a statement, the South African Police Service said two men had entered the house, around 20:00 (18:00 GMT). A third man remained outside.

All three fled on foot after shots were fired, in what local media reports say was an attempted burglary. One of the men had reportedly demanded Meyiwa’s mobile phone.

A reward of about $14,000 has been offered for information leading to the suspects’ arrest.

Meyiwa was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

Team mate Tsepo Masilela was among many voicing their shock at the news on social media.