Everton's Steven Pienaar: 'Senzo Meyiwa's death is hard to understand'

Senzo Meyiwa of Pirates celebrates the second goal during the MTN 8 quarter final match between Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United at Orlando Stadium on August 02, 2014
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Steven Pienaar admits that it is "difficult to understand" the death of South Africa captain Senzo Meyiwa, who was shot dead by robbers.

Former South Africa captain Steven Pienaar has expressed his sadness over the "tragic" death of skipper Senzo Meyiwa.

The 27-year-old, who was a goalkeeper for the Orlando Pirates, was shot dead in his homeland after allegedly protecting his girlfriend from intruders.

"First of all, I want to express my sincere sympathy to Senzo's family and friends at this very sad time," Pienaar said via Everton's official website. "To lose your life at a young age when you have so much ahead of you is tragic and very difficult to understand.

"Senzo was a very talented goalkeeper who was well-liked by teammates and opponents alike. Our nation has lost a popular sportsman and he will be missed."

South African police are looking for three suspects.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez shows his emotions during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Cardiff City at Goodison Park on March 15, 2014
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