The former PSL and national under-23 live wire said he did not know what the source of his alleged suffering was, as he is employed as a distributor for a printing company in Johannesburg, while also coaching two soccer teams here – Spears F.C and Kempton Strikers F.C.
Dressed in designer clothes during an interview in one of Johannesburg’s leafy suburbs, where he lives, Murisa denied allegations carried in a story we published last week that he was begging for food handouts from friends and selling vendors’ wares at Park Station rank.
“Whoever wrote that story was trying to tarnish my image for reasons only known to themselves, but I am now used to such things as I am a veteran in this field,” said the 1996 PSL soccer star of the year, who turned out for Darryn T, Blackpool, Caps United, Dynamos and Highlanders before having a fruitful two-stint stay and South Africa’s Bidvest Wits.
“I am worried for my friends, family and supporters who were obviously pained by those reports. I have nothing to hide and if I was living in poverty, I would come out publicly and seek help. Why would I hide such things? I am no longer living the posh life I used to live when I was still a footballer, but I am living well.”
An official at Oranje Printers (Gauteng Depot) confirmed that Murisa was one of their long-serving and trusted employees.
The former hit man’s mother, whom the player said he calls regularly, denied speaking to the press about his plight.
“No one spoke to me about him. Someone is out to inflict pain on him and the whole family. Stewart phones us three times a week and I don’t know why people are doing this to him. Just last week, some Zimbabwean papers carried reports that he was dead and that is not good at all,” she said.Post published in: Football