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South African official says suspect faces murder charge for killing of soccer team captain

Sam Meyiwa, the father of national soccer captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, bottom left, reacts as he walks past a poster with his son's portrait during a memorial service held for three South African sports figures who died within days of each other at an indoor sports arena in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. South Africa's sport ministry organized a combined memorial service for fans of national soccer captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, Olympic silver medalist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and welterweight boxer Phindile Mwelase. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Sam Meyiwa, the father of national soccer captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, bottom left, reacts as he walks past a poster with his son's portrait during a memorial service held for three South African sports figures who died within days of each other at an indoor sports arena in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. South Africa's sport ministry organized a combined memorial service for fans of national soccer captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, Olympic silver medalist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and welterweight boxer Phindile Mwelase. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)  (The Associated Press)

A South African official says a suspect has appeared in court on a murder charge for the killing of Senzo Meyiwa, the national soccer team captain.

Nathi Mncube, spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority, also said Friday that the suspect faces a charge of armed robbery.

Meyiwa, a goalkeeper for South Africa and club team Orlando Pirates, was fatally shot Sunday night in an apparent house robbery. His death in Vosloorus township near Johannesburg led to an outpouring of dismay and anger in South Africa, which has a high murder rate.