The life of former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa will be celebrated in Durban during Youth Month in a series of soccer games that will be hosted at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi, south of Durban, at the weekend.
Meyiwa was gunned down in 2014 in Vosloorus in Gauteng at his former girlfriend’s home Kelly Khumalo.
The stadium is expected to be full to capacity as all soccer fraternity countrywide has been invited to take part in the commemoration day of Senzo Meyiwa’s life.
Radio personality Zukiswa Vutela is spokesperson for the Senzo Meyiwa Foundation.
“Gates at the stadium will be opened at eight o’clock. We will have a full day of soccer right up to nine o’clock in the evening. We are having various teams participating, we even have old ladies team participating, we are having Ukhozi FM soccer team versus SANTACO.
“We are having current PSL players and ex PSL players participating in the main game that will be celebrating the life of Senzo Meyiwa. We have invited all soccer fraternities to be part of the games. We have informed them from the onset when we were having our media launch to the walk that we had on the second of June that we were saying #WeRefusedToBeTrashed #Sekwanele. We are fighting against gun violence that is happening currently in our society,” explains Vutela .
Meanwhile, AmaZulu Football Club goalkeeper and Captain Siya Mbatha says he will participate in the games.
He says Meyiwa was his inspiration.
Mbatha has encouraged other current and retired soccer mates to be part of the commemoration.
“For me to be part of this whole setup I think it’s a great initiative that was brought forward by Ukoloba. I personally feel that as a professional footballer – all should be involved in such because of the passion that Senzo possessed for the game of football and the love he had for other people.”
“So for me, immediately [when] I heard about this whole commemoration game I wanted to be part of it. I went and contacted a number of relevant people and see how far can we go in terms of me playing a part in this whole commemoration game,” explains Mbatha.