The Herald (South Africa)

Former soccer star shrugs off mugshot affair

- Mahlatse Mphahlele

FORMER Bafana Bafana and Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Wayne Roberts has elected to move past the embarrassm­ent he faced when a photograph, purporting to be a police mugshot taken after an arrest for alleged drug possession, was widely circulated on social media a few days ago.

The former South African junior internatio­nal‚ who has also played for Orlando Pirates‚ said yesterday he was no longer seeking legal advice after the image of someone with a striking resemblanc­e to him was posted online.

The photograph went viral on social media, but Roberts said he had decided to drop the matter.

“That incident was a small thing, done by small people, but it is in the past and I have moved on with my life‚” he said.

“I don’t want to talk about the matter any more – the whole week I have been talking about the same thing over and over again.”

Roberts, 40, said he was working for a Cape Town carpentry company and was happier than he had been while playing profession­al soccer.

“I am enjoying my life now because I don’t have the stress.

“When I was playing football‚ I never [had] space to myself, but at the moment I am enjoying every moment of my life.”

Roberts never fulfilled his potential as one of the best goalkeeper­s in the country.

He called his present job a huge source of comfort. – TimesLIVE


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