Another Bafana player targeted in armed robbery

Sibusiso Vilakazi's parents were held up while he slept in a room at the back of the property.

Bafana Bafana midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi's agent, Xolani Nhleko, says he's convinced that robbers who entered the soccer player's parents' home at the weekend were looking for him.

Nhleko has confirmed jewellery and household items were taken.

"The robbers kept asking 'where is your son? We know he's here.' His mother told them he wasn't in the house."

The footballer's parents were held up while he slept in a room at the back of the property.

The close shave comes just days after Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead in a botched robbery at his girlfriend's mother's house in Vosloorus last week Sunday.

The 24-year-old Player of the Year, who plays for Bidvest Wits, lost only some clothes, while his parents had jewellery and household items stolen.

"I was sleeping in one of the rooms at the back. They asked about my whereabouts and the keys of my car," he was quoted in local media.

"My mom, father and young brother were held hostage by the criminals. They took cash, TV set, music system, wedding rings from my parents and some of my clothing.

"Everything happened when I was sleeping and I didn't hear anything. Imagine if I woke up and went in what would have happened. I'm still hurt and trying to recover from what happened to Senzo Meyiwa."

Vilakazi was on Tuesday named in the South Africa squad for the African Cup of Nations qualifiers home to Sudan and away in Nigeria.

Even though South Africa's murder rate has been gradually dropping, police recorded more than 17,000 murders last year.