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South Africa moves African Cup qualifier to slain captain Meyiwa's hometown as tribute

  • Orlando Pirates team mate Lucky Lekgwathi, right, with father of slain Senzo Meyiwa, Sam Meyiwa, second from left, at the family home of Senzo Meyiwa in Umlazi, near Durban, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Meyiwa, the national soccer captain, was shot and killed at the home of his girlfriend in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg, Sunday night during a robbery attempt. He will be laid to rest Saturday at a funeral in Umlazi. (AP Photo)

    Orlando Pirates team mate Lucky Lekgwathi, right, with father of slain Senzo Meyiwa, Sam Meyiwa, second from left, at the family home of Senzo Meyiwa in Umlazi, near Durban, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Meyiwa, the national soccer captain, was shot and killed at the home of his girlfriend in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg, Sunday night during a robbery attempt. He will be laid to rest Saturday at a funeral in Umlazi. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014, South African soccer captain Senzo Meyiwa, is photographed in Johannesburg.  Meyiwe was fatally shot at his girlfriend's house during an attempted robbery Sunday night as he tried to apprehend the intruders, police and an eyewitness said.  Orlando Pirates soccer club announced Tuesday Oct. 28, 2014, that slain Senzo Meyiwa will be buried on Saturday Nov. 1,  in his home town of Umlazi on the country’s east coast. (AP Photo)

    In this photo taken Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014, South African soccer captain Senzo Meyiwa, is photographed in Johannesburg. Meyiwe was fatally shot at his girlfriend's house during an attempted robbery Sunday night as he tried to apprehend the intruders, police and an eyewitness said. Orlando Pirates soccer club announced Tuesday Oct. 28, 2014, that slain Senzo Meyiwa will be buried on Saturday Nov. 1, in his home town of Umlazi on the country‚Äôs east coast. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, Orlando Pirates goalkeeper and captain of the national South African soccer team, Senzo Meyiwa during a match against Ajax in Soweto, Johannesburg.  Meyiwa was shot dead Sunday night at about 8pm at his girlfriend's Vosloorus home, east of Johannesburg. (AP Photo)

    In this photo taken Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, Orlando Pirates goalkeeper and captain of the national South African soccer team, Senzo Meyiwa during a match against Ajax in Soweto, Johannesburg. Meyiwa was shot dead Sunday night at about 8pm at his girlfriend's Vosloorus home, east of Johannesburg. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

South African Football Association President Danny Jordaan says the country has been allowed to move its next African Cup of Nations qualifier to the hometown of slain national team captain Senzo Meyiwa as a tribute.

Jordaan says SAFA was given special permission by the Confederation of African Football to switch the venue for next month's game against Sudan. Meyiwa was shot and killed in an apparent house robbery on Sunday.

Jordaan made the announcement Thursday at a memorial service for the goalkeeper and two other South African sports figures who died in the past few days. Former world champion runner Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was killed in a car crash on Friday and female boxer Phindile Mwelase died on Saturday.

Jordaan also says a statue of Meyiwa will be built and stand outside SAFA's headquarters.