Durban - No one can feel the pain of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa's family, SA Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan said on Saturday.
"We are painfully aware that we are gathered to say our farewell to Senzo. His life has been taken in the most cruel and violent way," Jordaan said at Meyiwa's funeral service at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
Meyiwa's work still had to be completed and he urged supporters to return to the stadium when Bafana Bafana play their next match to qualify for the African Cup of Nations in Morocco.
Jordaan said that what had made Meyiwa special was that the player was "in tune with himself".
"Somewhere in our society the value of human life is being challenged," he said.
Jordaan said that he was praying for Meyiwa's father, Samuel, in the hope that his heart would be healed after the loss of his son.
"The entire football family is poorer as we say farewell to Senzo."
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula also urged the national team to go to Morocco to complete the work of Meyiwa. Meyiwa was shot and killed on Sunday evening in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni while visiting his singer girlfriend Kelly Khumalo. Two men allegedly entered the house demanding cellphones and shot him before fleeing.