- A talented former footballer has made a remarkable claim about what derailed his career
- Mthokozisi Yende was a talented midfielder who rose to prominence for the Kaizer Chiefs
- He said he was railroaded out of an unnamed club after involvement with his boss' lover
Mthokozisi Yende disappeared off the face of the local football scene without any explanation or warning.
The talented left-footed midfielder gained attention for his exploits at what was an exciting University of Pretoria team at the end of the 2000s, before Kaizer Chiefs swooped in on him among many prestigious suitors.
Somewhere along the line however, his career slowed down, before it ended abruptly while he still had mileage in his legs.
The 38-year-old believes an off-field indiscretion led to retaliation against him that shut down future opportunities.
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Yende said to Robert Marawa on the SuperSport programme Sitting With Stan:
"The biggest problem I had - I will not name names - I dated my boss' mistress. It affected my career. That is why I just disappeared. At the time I wasn't even aware of the affair. I didn't have a clue. When the news came out I was surprised. However, when the news came out to my boss, it was as though I was purposefully being disrespectful to him."
Yende said the ones in power knew how to easily block potential opportunities, and that was where his career ended.
He still had endorsement deals active with brands including Nike.
Ex-Chiefs striker exposes 'alcohol culture'
Former Kaizer Chiefs sharpshooter, Leonardo Castro has said there was a problematic drinking culture at the club which permeates throughout South African football.
The Colombian was one of many players like Daniel Cardoso, Bernard Parker, Lebogang Manyama and Ramahlwe Mphahlele, who were shown the door by the Amakhosi in a large-scale overhaul at the end of last season.
Cardoso recently claimed some players arrived drunk to practices. Troublesome ex-Chiefs star Dumisani Zuma was suspended toward the end of 2001, after being arrested for drunk driving.
Mccarthy blasts South African footballers
Manchester United forward coach and former lethal striker, Benni McCarthy lamented the trend of South African footballers being concerned with crafting their images on social media, instead of delivering the goods on the field of play.
His coaching tenures at Cape Town City and Amazulu have left him frustrated, watching on as professional footballers missed opportunities they had no business missing.
McCarthy urged players to put more emphasis on their on-field efforts and less time updating social media, as he bemoaned young players' quickness to be on their phones.