CAF President and Hall of Fame member Issa Hayatou has expressed shock and sadness at the death of South African captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa who was shot dead by robbers on Sunday in South Africa.
Meyiwa, who played in his club (Orlando Pirates) in a match on the day before, was visiting the home of his girlfriend when he encountered intruders who came in demanding money and cell phones. As they made away, the 27 year old was shot in the chest.
Hayatou expressed dismay and described the death of Meyiwa as tragic.
'Losing such a young and promising football player and gentleman is a tragedy for not only South Africa but also African football and my thoughts and prayers go to his family', Hayatou wrote.
Joining him in tribute was FIFA President Sepp Blatter who described the killing as 'unnecessary'.
The world has been shocked at the news of the passing of Meyiwa, who was described by many as a true gentleman and a worthy leader of his teams (club and country).
There is a manhunt for his killers and latest reports are that there have been arrests.
Senzo Meyiwa will be buried in his home town near Durban on Saturday 1st November.