In a statement released by Safa, Bosilong said he saw the need to hand his medal to Meyiwa, who was part of the SA U20 squad that made history in 2017.
Meyiwa (19) was part of South Africa’s National Under-17 (Amajimbos) and Under-20 (Amajita) sides which qualified for the 2015 Fifa Under-17 World Cup and the 2017 Under-20 World Cup tournaments respectively.
Bosilong stated that what happened to the player was quite unfortunate, adding that Amajita did extremely well in this year’s biennial continental showpiece to honour Meyiwa’s name.
Amajita qualified for their second Fifa Under-20 World Cup in a row after finishing within the top four of this year’s continental showpiece.
The team finished third for the first time ever in their history of participating in the junior continental tournament, after beating Nigeria 5-3 on penalties.
Both sides had played to a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes.
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“I was already in Niger when I heard about the news and what had happened to him (Meyiwa),” Bosilong told the Safa website.
“Meyiwa was a big part of this team and it was quite unfortunate of what had happened to him. The lads (Amajita) did extremely well in how they carried themselves in the tournament and you could tell that they were playing for him as well,” he said.