The story of former Bantu Rovers and Hwange attacking midfielder, Johannes Chipunza (21), is similar to many other cases of Zimbabwean footballers who have turned their backs on the under-paying Castle Premiership to seek menial jobs in the neighbouring country.
Chipunza is now employed to register new SIM cards and swap in new ones under the Regulation of Interception of Communications Act in Johannesburg.
“I survive through RICA because I at least get something to feed my family, which is better than the peanuts I was getting in the game back home,” the speedy former-attacking midfielder told The Zimbabwean this week.
“I tried to be patient enough, but I eventually gave in because the situation kept worsening. Despite what some people say, things are not good at home. I don’t think any player there is happy with what they are getting. Some just hang out in the hope that they will be bought by teams in outside leagues, while others are doing it out of desperation.”
However, he did not completely rule out returning if a better package were to be dangled in his face.
“First, I will try and get a deal here in any South African football league before I look back. I don’t mind playing in the first or any other division if the pay is good.”
He keeps himself in shape by playing weekly 5-a-side soccer tournaments around Inner-City Johannesburg.
He played for Bantu Rovers in 2008, before joining the first division side, Zupco. He was later snatched by Hwange and played for the coalminers last season.Post published in: Football