Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs striker, Katlego Mphela, has spoken of his personal sadness at the loss of Senzo Meyiwa, saying how he was loved by everybody that met him.
According to the soccerladuma website, Mphela is just the latest person to offer their condolences following the sad loss of the Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain, as tributes continue to pour in from around the world.
The Amakhosi striker says that Meyiwa was always happy, and that he remained level-headed despite his growing success.
Speaking to Chiefs’ official website, the former Bafana striker said, “Senzo was always happy. He had a great attitude, always being happy. He liked to joke around. That’s why everybody loved him.
“Some players when playing for big clubs, like Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates can become big-headed and a bit arrogant. But that was not Senzo. He never changed, always staying that level-headed person, who would have a nice word for everybody.
“Senzo had a strong character, because for years he was the deputy to Orlando Pirates goalkeepers like Francis Chansa and Moeneeb Josephs and, later, at the Bafana level behind Itumeleng Khune. However, he never made an issue of that, still always smiling and being friendly.
“Then, just when Senzo started to make it at the international level, doing great in goal for Bafana Bafana, this happened. It’s so sad.”
Meyiwa’s funeral will take place in Umlazi this weekend as his family, friends and supporters bid farewell to the dynamic shot-stopper.