Fan­teni s world a ter­ror

Sunday World - - News - AUBREY MOTHOMBENI

FOR­MER Or­lando Pi­rates and Ajax Cape Town striker Them­binkosi Ter­ror Fan­teni s life as a ter­ror­is­ing attacker is near­ing its sell-by date.

And worse, it has been claimed that his mar­riage to Unathi Gqoloza is head­ing down the same road.

The for­mer Bafana Bafana star player, who once played for Mac­cabi Haifa in Is­rael, also lost his car due to be­ing fi­nan­cially off­side.

The cre­ative and en­er­getic striker was nick­named Ter­ror be­cause he would mes­merise op­po­nents with his drib­bling skills, leav­ing de­fend­ers sprawl­ing on the ground when he was in pos­ses­sion of the ball.

Fast-for­ward to to­day, and Fan­teni’s fi­nan­cial woes are tak­ing a toll on him. He is in the soc­cer wilder­ness, with­out a club and source of in­come.

This week, Fan­teni pleaded with Sun­day World to help him find a club be­cause he was strug­gling to make ends meet.

I have had noth­ing so far, and I need to take care of my re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as a man. At the mo­ment, my wife is tak­ing care of things, but I don’t want to re­lax. I’m train­ing with the guys in the town­ship so that I can keep fit and pre­pare my­self for any

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call-up. At least, un­like other peo­ple whose cars were re­pos­sessed, I sold mine,” he said.

Fan­teni ad­mit­ted that his kids were no longer stay­ing with him, but said his de­trac­tors should stop

cel­e­brat­ing my down­fall as th­ese things can hap­pen to ev­ery­one

I know my en­e­mies are cel­e­brat­ing, but I won’t be put down. I know that I will soon get a break.”

The for­mer Bid­vest Wits star said he was pre­pared to join any team that was in­ter­ested in him, in­clud­ing those from the lower leagues.

Ac­cord­ing to friends of the star, his wife ap­par­ently gave him an ul­ti­ma­tum to find a job or face be­ing red-carded.

Gqoloza, an HR spe­cial­ist in Cape Town, could not be reached for com­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to two in­de­pen­dent sources close to the player, Fan­teni felt em­bar­rassed when ask­ing for some­thing from his wife, who told him that he was not a baby and must hus­tle like ev­ery other man.

One of his friends claimed that Fan­teni told his wife that they should sell their house and move in with his par­ents.

His wife re­fused to en­ter­tain that idea. In­stead, she took their kids to her par­ents’ home,” said the friend, who did not want to be named.

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