He recently penned a one-year deal with the Chinda boys after spending more than one season on the wilderness for failure to convince clubs he had changed his wayward behavior off the pitch. “It was sad spending time without a team,” Makonese told The Zimbabwean recently.
“I think I got carried away and did not realise this would destroy my career, but now all that is water under bridge. I have learnt from my mistake. I am grateful to Shabanie Mine management, for the chance to revive my career after trying all efforts without a success. I am working hard to regain the top form which saw me feature for the national team and win the league with South Africa’s Orland Pirates,” he said.
He is also eying a return to the South Africa Premiership. “My Shabanie move is hopefully going to prepare me for a return to the SA PSL. I am not yet finished and have a lot to offer in SA, where I spent a greater time of my career. What I need now is the support to achieve my goal as I play soccer not for myself only, but for my country as well.”
Makonese, who was signed along with two other veteran players – Douglas Sibanda and Louis Matawu, also urged journalists to stop “peddling lies” about him.
“I always see funny stories on social networks and newspapers, which show that some individuals calling themselves journalists don’t really care about other people. We need people to remain objective and genuine in their reporting, as some of these things affect our personal lives.”
The 36-year-old steely defender was in 2011 reported to have died in a road accident, but all those stories, published in South African newspapers, proved to be false.Post published in: Football