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JOHANNESBURG---A suspect has been
arrested and charged with murder in the
shooting death of Senzo Meyiwa, South
Africa s national soccer team captain, author-
ities said yesterday.
The suspect, 25-year-old Zenokuhle Mbatha,
will be held in custody until his next court
appearance on November 11, South African
Police said Mbatha was placed in a lineup
and "positively identified" by witnesses to the
killing of Meyiwa, who was shot in the upper
body during an apparent house robbery on
Sunday night while visiting his girlfriend.
The suspect also faces a charge of armed
robbery, said Nathi Mncube, spokesman for
the National Prosecuting Authority.
Police said they are hunting two more sus-
pects and investigations are at a "very sensitive
Meyiwa, a goalkeeper for South Africa
and club team Orlando Pirates, was fatally
shot in the township of Vosloorus near
Johannesburg. The death of the popular
player and national team captain led to an
outpouring of dismay and anger in South
Africa, which has a high murder rate.
Authorities said three suspects were involved
in the break-in that led to Meyiwa s death.
Police launched a manhunt and offered a
reward of nearly $23,000 for information lead-
ing to the arrest and conviction of 27-year-
old Meyiwa s killers.
"Whilst we are pleased with the progress
we are making and the overwhelming support
from members of the public, there is still a
lot of work to be done to finalise the inves-
tigation and ensure that we can link all suspects
to the murder," police said in a statement.
South African officials on Thursday called
for a strict new gun law as a tribute to Meyiwa.
The calls were made at a memorial service to
honor Meyiwa and two other South African
sports figures, who all died in the space of a
Former 800-metre world champion runner
and Olympic silver medalist Mbulaeni
Mulaudzi was killed in a car crash on Friday,
and female boxer Phindile Mwelase died Sat-
urday after being in a coma following a bout.
All three will be buried in their hometowns
over the weekend. (AP)
SA: Suspect arrested in soccer killing
LONDON---Manchester United manager Louis van
Gaal says striker Radamel Falcao will miss tomor-
row s derby match against Manchester City but
captain Wayne Rooney is fit to play.
Van Gaal says "Falcao is still injured" after sustaining
a problem in training but that "Rooney was not
injured. He shall play, he is my captain. I am very
happy that he can play again." There had been reports
that the striker had a foot injury after he was seen
apparently limping at a promotional event this week.
Rooney had been suspended for three games after
receiving a straight red card in United s 2--1 win over
West Ham for kicking out at Stewart Downing. (AP)
MADRID---A Spanish court has temporarily sus-
pended a ban that had stopped Real Madrid great
Zinedine Zidane from coaching the club s reserve
Spain s Administrative Court of Sport yesterday
provisionally suspended the three-month ban pending
Judge Francisco Rubio had ruled Monday that
Zidane and fellow Madrid reserve team coach Santiago
Sanchez should be suspended because they did not
have the required qualifications to coach. The ruling
was in favour of a complaint lodged by Miguel Galan,
president of Spain s national training center for
The French Football Federation on Tuesday disputed
the ban, saying UEFA rules allowed him to coach
while studying for his coaching badge. (AP)
Falcao out of
derby, Rooney fit
LONDON---Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says
striker Diego Costa will be available for Chelsea s
home match against Queens Park Rangers in the
Premier League today following a hamstring injury.
Didier Drogba has been Chelsea s only fit striker
in its last two games with Loic Remy also out with
a groin injury, and Mourinho says "it is difficult when
you only have one striker available but when you
have two, the situation improves."
Costa has not played for Chelsea since October 5
against Arsenal. (AP)
Chelsea against QPR
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