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SA delays naming squad after captain’s killing

October 29, 2014

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has delayed naming its squad for its final two games in African Cup of Nations qualifying after captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead on Sunday.

Coach Ephraim Mashaba was due to announce the squad on Thursday.

Goalkeeper Meyiwa was killed in an apparent robbery at a house he was visiting. Police have launched a murder investigation.

A tearful Mashaba said at a news conference this week that Meyiwa would have been the first name on his list.

Meyiwa had not conceded a goal in qualifying and was a key reason why South Africa is unbeaten and top of a group containing African champion Nigeria. It needs one more win to reach next year’s African Cup finals.

South Africa plays Sudan on Nov. 15 and Nigeria four days later.

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