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Zvenyika Makonese is a Zimbabwean former footballer who was well known for his solid defensive abilities. As of 17 December 2015, Makonese is employed by K&M buses as an assistant conductor.
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 went 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 and Bankruptcy Rumours
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 by 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 spent 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 on 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. Despite 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 had two taxis that operate on the said route. The very same paper which claimed that Makonese had fallen from Grace was also the same paper that had published other 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 rumours 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.
Conviction For Theft
On 16 December 2015, Zvenyika Makonese was fined R3000 by a Beitbridge magistrate after he was convicted of stealing a G-tel A718 cellphone from a police officer named Melody Masiya. The police officer said she had asked one of the bus crews at Beitbridge border post to recharge her phone using the bus phone charger.
Makonese pleaded not guilty to a charge of theft when he appeared before resident magistrate Miss Gloria Takundwa but was convicted on the strength of overwhelming evidence.
He escaped jail after the magistrate slapped him with a one-month imprisonment with an option of a fine.
The court heard that on an unknown date in August 2015, the police officer who was at Beitbridge Border Post approached one Farai Chinyani, a driver at Ngonweni bus services so that he could recharge her cell phone using the bus phone charger.
Zvenyika Makonese allegedly entered the bus while the driver was fast asleep and stole the complainant’s phone, after which he gave the cell phone to one Calisto Tobaiwa in Zvishavane who sold it on his behalf.
The matter came to light when the woman went to the bus driver intending to collect her phone. A report was made to the police leading to Makonese’s arrest following investigations.
The phone G-tel A718 phone which was valued at $468 was never recovered.
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.
- ZVENYIKA MAKONESE, Transfer Market, Retrieved: January 21, 2015
- Albert Marufu Makonese in PSL return, The Standard, Published: November 10, 2013, Retrieved: January 21, 2015
- UK's Stoke Looking At Zimbabwe Warriors Defender Zvenyika Makonese, Voice of America, Published: November 13, 2011, Retrieved: January 21, 2015
- The resurrection of Zvenyika Makonese, The Standard, Published: August 9, 2011, Retrieved: January 2015
- ZVENYIKA MAKONESE NOW A"HWINDI"IS SA, I am proud to be Zimbabwean, Facebook, Published: August 29, 2012, Retrieved: January 21, 2015
- Garikai Fadzi Makonese rubbishes reports, The Zimbabwean, Published: July 19, 2012, Retrieved: January 21, 2015
- Thupeyo Muleya, Zvenyika Makonese convicted of theft, The Herald, Published: December 18, 2015, Retrieved: December 17, 2021
- Paul Mundandi Zvenyika Makonese goes AWOL, The Herald, Published: October 29, 2014, Retrieved: January 21, 2014