JUST IN: Footie star Gift Muzadzi convicted

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Decorated footballer Gift Muzadzi was convicted for maintenance arrears amounting to $1000 at the Harare magistrate court on Tuesday. (Picture collage courtesy of Sporting Heroes)

Veteran former goalkeeper and decorated footballer Gift Muzadzi has been convicted on Tuesday by the Harare Magistrate’s court at his own plea over maintenance arrears amounting to over $1000.

The 45-year-old footie star was slapped with a 70-days jail term sentence for neglecting his minor child since September 2015. He was ordered to either pay the $ 1 050 in arrears or effectively serve the sentence in prison.

Muzadzi is however believed to have cleared the arrears after the conviction.

He was hauled before court by his wife Angelina Muzadzi.

Linda Gadzikwa prosecuted for the State.

Muzadzi is among the country’s most celebrated footballers having had a very successful club career with Dynamos Football Club and also playing in the South African League.

He played as a goalkeeper for clubs such as Zimbabwe Saints, Dynamos Football Club among others. Muzadzi also played for Lech Poznań in Poland. The former Dembare goalminder was also part of the Young Warriors Squad that played in the All Africa Games in 1995.

Muzadzi was at one point employed as the goalkeeper’s coach by Triangle Football Club. He was however said to have  parted ways with the club after he had declined to receive an ultimatum in which he and the rest of the technical team had been given to achieve desired results.