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Zvenyika Makonese is a Zimbabwean born footballer who was well known for his solid defensive abilities. The player has been at the centre of public speculation ranging from death rumours to him having fallen on hard times such that his family was alleged to have been taken care of by some church organisation while he was surviving on touting. The rumours have however turned out to be false.
Makonese was born in the sugar producing town of Chiredzi in 1977.
Zvenyika started his career at Gaths Mine in 2001. He then moved to Shabanie Mine where he rose to prominence for his defensive skills and hard tackling. After having made his mark at Shabanie which was in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League at the time, Makonese moved to the South African League where he played for Santos. From Santos he was then signed by Orlando Pirates in 2009. He played for pirates from 2009 to 2011 but Pirates did not offer him another contract after he was accused for being undisciplined. Responding to the allegations on his indiscipline, Makonese argued that
It is not a secret that I drink beer, but I am very responsible. People are just jealous, that is why they spread these rumours.
When pirates insisted on renewing Makonese's contract, the footballer retraced his steps to Shabanie Mine Football Club helping them survive relegation from the top flight league.He wen on to play in Mozambique for Deportivo of Maputo. His most lengthy stint at a club in the South African League was with Santos.
Teams Played For
- Santos (South Africa)
- Orlando Pirates(South Africa)
- Shabanie Mine (Zimbabwe)
- Deportivo (Mozambique)
In 2007 Makonese was speculated to have been on the wanted list of English outfit Stoke City.
Death Rumours and "The Fall from Grace"
Makonese was rumoured to have died in a car crash and the news of his alleged death went viral on social media especially in South Africa. The story of Makonese's death was picked up buy top South African newspapers which even generated more speculation about his death. There were widespread claims on social media by people who claimed that they had actually been on the scene of the accident, the claims ranged from those who claimed to have seen beer bottles in the car that Makonese was said to be in, to others claiming that his death had been long coming since he was said to have been a reckless person who spends all his money on beer drinking. It was also rumoured that Zvenyika had fallen on hard times in South Africa as he was struggling to make ends meet which saw him having to rely on being a tout at Newtown taxi rank in Johannesburg. The report also claimed to have visited the aforementioned taxi rank to verify if indeed Makonese had fallen o hard times which saw them claiming that indeed the former Pirates defender was a spent force. It was also reported that Makonese's move to venture into touting had been just weeks after his family had received church donations at Impact for Christ Ministries sometime in December, after the couple failed to pay rentals at their Wenchester suburb home. Dspite the widespread circulation that these reports got, Makonese scoffed at them saying that he was not a tout and had only been at the taxi rank occasionally since he has two taxis which operate on the said route. The very same paper which claimed that Makonese had fallen from Grace was also the same paper which had published otheer negative stories about the footballer which had turned out to be true. Makonese was quoted saying
I have heard about those stories and I am really disappointed. Is it a crime for me to be seen at the Park Station or anywhere like it? People must first confirm their facts because I run a transport company. This is not the first time this kind of stuff has been written about me and I am now getting used to these rumors that are always floating about me. If you remember well, last time they went on to even report that I had died in a road accident.
Makonese made the headlines for the wrong reasons in 2014 when he was reported to have been missing despite his team having a pending crucial premeir league tie with How Mine as both teams were fighting relegation at the time. It was alleged that no one knew where Zvenyika was, an incident which his coach described as very unfortunate given the position that the team was trapped in.
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