Sun­downs fire er­rant star

Fed-up Downs kick out er­rant de­fender

Sunday World - - Front Page - By Aubrey Mothombeni moth­ombe­[email protected]­day­

Mamelodi Sun­downs star de­fender Siyabonga Zulu has been fired by his club af­ter miss­ing his dis­ci­plinary hear­ing and go­ing AWOL.

To com­pound his headache, his dis­missal has been cap­tured by re­al­ity TV show No Ex­cuse Pay Papgeld cam­era crew, who had vis­ited his club this month look­ing for him to an­swer for his main­te­nance squab­bles with his baby mama.

To their shock, the cam­era crew was in­formed by the club’s spokesman Thu­lani Thuswa that the player had been booted from the club for a num­ber of rea­sons, among them his off-field an­tics, which im­pacted on his per­for­mance.

Thuswa told the crew that the player also missed his dis­ci­plinary hear­ing in De­cem­ber where he was set to an­swer for fail­ing to re­port for train­ing.

The 25-year-old player joined Sun­downs in Jan­uary last year from Plat­inum Stars but had only been on the pitch three times.

He had also been evicted from the club’s apart­ment in Kemp­ton Park, which was as­signed to him to help him re­solve his non-at­ten­dance of train­ing.

Thuswa told the cam­era crew of the re­al­ity show that Zulu was ex­pected to come fetch his clear­ance fol­low­ing his dis­missal.

These de­tails emerged af­ter Zulu’s baby mama, a 32-year-old woman from Mon­deor, south of Joburg, took the TV crew to his club’s head­quar­ters in

Chloorkop to con­front him about his al­leged fail­ure to pay papgeld for their child.

The woman, ac­cord­ing to the show’s brief, had told the pro­duc­ers and pre­sen­ter that the soc­cer player, whom she met on In­sta­gram, had aban­doned his fa­therly re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

In the episode, which was aired on Moja Love on DStv’s chan­nel 157 last night, the woman said her re­la­tion­ship with Zulu was well un­til she fell preg­nant in 2017 while he was still play­ing for Stars.

She said Zulu started chang­ing and would cheat on her with nu­mer­ous women and she for­gave him on most oc­ca­sions. How­ever, she said things got worse when he fi­nally joined his dream club last year.

“Things went wrong when I was eight months preg­nant... he be­came dis­tant,” she said on the show.

She said Zulu later moved out of her apart­ment, which she was shar­ing with him, but still main­tained con­tact through vis­its and would at times come to bor­row her car.

She claimed Zulu also crashed her car, leav­ing her with a R50,000 debt to fix her Audi A5. She said upon ar­rival at Zulu’s home in Soweto, she was ac­cused by Zulu’s mother of put­ting a spell on him and that she was only af­ter his money.

Zulu’s sis­ter also re­futed all her al­le­ga­tions, ac­cus­ing her of de­stroy­ing his soc­cer ca­reer by con­stantly show­ing up at his club to com­plain about him.

Zulu could not be reached for com­ment and did not re­spond to text mes­sages sent to him.

/Gallo Im­ages

Zulu’s baby mama wants him to pay papgeld.

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