‘Ndoro became lavish after separation’ – ex-wife refutes claims
TENDAI Ndoro’s ex-wife Thando Maseko has denied seizing the ailing former striker’s assets and leaving him with nothing.
Reports accused Maseko of kicking Ndoro out of their upmarket Kyalami Estates home in Midrand, South Africa, and grabbing his luxury cars.
Kyalami Estates is a secure residential estate with 24-hour controlled access, recreational parks, a dam, tennis, basketball, netball and squash courts, outdoor gyms and a football field.
There is also a Grand Prix Circuit certified by the Federation International de l’Automobile (FIA) as a Grade 2 race track and International Convention Centre, among other amenities.
Reports said the house and vehicles were all registered in Maseko’s name, but she has dismissed all accusations against her in a video that has gone viral.
“I just wanted to clear the air. On the issue that was posted about me, this lady in the picture is not me. People are mistaking me for the lady Tendai was dating after our marriage ended in 2018. I’ve not seen Tendai since then and I’ve never lived in Kyalami. When I was staying with him, we were in a rented house in Boksburg (in Johannesburg’s East Rand) and he didn’t own that property.
“During the time l was with Ndoro, we didn’t live the luxurious life people are talking about. This was the time when he was having problems with Ajax (Cape Town). They were not paying him and we were in arrears. We couldn’t even pay rent. The cars that they talk about were not there. We only had one car and we would fight over who drives it,” said Maseko.
She also spoke about domestic violence that troubled their marriage, and said she once opened charges against the former Warriors’ front man.
“We had domestic violence issues and l opened a case against him. l remember he got back to the house escorted by the police and they said we couldn’t stay in the same house since the case was still being investigated, and one of us had to leave, and he volunteered to leave.
“I was with my son and his daughter. It was going to be hard for me to leave with the kids. Two days later he came with the family to take things from the house and they took the furniture, they took everything and he took his daughter and left. Three weeks later l got an eviction later and l left the house. He didn’t have a house when we were together,” Maseko said.
She said Ndoro only started living a lavish lifestyle after their separation.
“What happened was when the court case started, that is when he started coming with different expensive cars, sometimes with an entourage. We were not on speaking terms (and) l did not ask how he was driving those cars. I only saw his new lady on Instagram after people had started asking what was going on between us. This lady used to post after we broke up and they would write to each other in Shona, but I don’t know her name,” Maseko said.
Ndoro is not the first Zimbabwean to ply his trade in South Africa and later fall on hard times.
Former defender Zvenyika Makonese was offloaded by Orlando Pirates following his hugely publicised night life and in 2011 briefly returned to Zimbabwe and turned out for Shabanie Mine.
He later became a tout.
At one time former Dream Team captain, the late Francis Shonhayi, who made his name at Dynamos after joining the Harare giants following stints with Gaths Mine and Bata Power, was a big name in South African football.
He turned into one of the best imports in the South African Premiership where he played for Cape Town Spurs and AmaZulu and was, at some point the highest paid player across the Limpopo.
But Sandura had nothing to show for it after his playing career.
The football family had to make contributions to enable his body to be brought back to Zimbabwe for burial after he passed away in South Africa.
At the time of his death, Shonhayi was the personal driver of the Cape Town Spurs owner.
Former Warriors and Highlanders defender Cleopas Dlodlo died a tragic death in Johannesburg after receiving a blow to the head with a brick while intervening in a pub brawl where he was reportedly working as a bouncer.
Dlodlo had moved to South Africa from Highlanders and played for Ria Stars, Real Rovers, Moroka Swallows and Kaizer Chiefs before disappearing from the football scene.
He fell on hard times and turned into a bouncer to make ends meet.
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