Murisa falls on hard times

Hard times have befallen former PSL Soccer Star of the Year and youth international, Stewart Murisa, who is reportedly washing dishes in exchange for food.


Stewart Murisa
Stewart Murisa

“Shutto”, who starred for arguably the best Caps United outfit of all-time in 1996, set the PSL alight that year, his telepathic combination with Alois Bunjira and Morgan Nkathazo destroying a number of teams as Makepekepe swept everything on offer.

Murisa left Caps to sign for South Africa’s Wits University. An injury saw the SA club release him on loan to Dynamos, whom he left to join Bosso in 2002, before a subsequent return to the ABSA Premiership that same year.

His mother, Gladys, confirmed that life was no longer a bed of roses for her son, who apparently last called her three years ago.

“That was the last time he called me. We spoke briefly and he said he would phone again when he had money for airtime, but has not,” said the distraught mother, who admitted having been informed by acquaintances that Murisa frequented the busy Park Station in Johannesburg, where he sold CDs and second-hand clothing.

“Things are not working well for the brother. Munhu ari panguva yaChimbetu iyeye (he is going through hard times). The ideal thing would be for him to go back home, but I guess he is too shy to return empty-handed after so many years away,” confirmed a childhood friend.

Fears abound that he could slide to the level now-late former national team defender, Francis Shonhayi, who, despite being the best paid player of his era in South Africa, squandered all his earnings and died a destitute.

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