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Bafana to play first game without Meyiwa

Today marks the first time the national team will take to the field since the death of captain Senzo Meyiwa.

Bafana Bafana at training ahead of their clash with Sudan. Picture: EWN/Vumani Mkhize

DURBAN - It'll be an emotional encounter for Bafana Bafana, when they take on Sudan in an Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier in Durban this afternoon.

It's the first time the national team will take to the field since the murder of captain Senzo Meyiwa.

Meyiwa was shot dead in a house robbery last month.

Sudanese national coach Mohamed Abdallah said it was important for his team to show their respect for Meyiwa and to pass their condolences to the goalkeeper's family.

Abdallah described Meyiwa's death as a tragic loss for local and African football.

"It's not only South Africa or his team's loss, it's all of Africa. We lost a brave man."

It will be an emotional game today, played at the same venue that hosted Meyiwa's funeral two weeks ago.

The match will be played in the Bafana captain's honour.

National coach Shakes Mashaba has said the team's aim is to win and qualify, ensuring that Meyiwa's legacy lives on.