Kudakwashe Mahachi, a former Supersport and Zimbabwe international, has pleaded with football clubs to “take a chance” on him after being cleared of the attempted murder of his four-year-old child.
In a statement issued on Monday, the 29-year-old winger said he had “lost everything I worked for” after being falsely accused of scalding his son, Diego, with boiling water. Following the allegations, Supersport terminated his contract.
“As a man, I can no longer feed my family as all my savings have been depleted in my quest for justice. I have been exonerated but the nightmare I have gone through can never be erased,” Mahachi said.
Mahachi claimed that his mother’s grave had been vandalized and that his house had been broken into, resulting in the loss of all his belongings.
He added: “My career was ended when I had not reached my pinnacle. How does one recover from that?”
Mahachi said his fate “was sealed through social media without a trial” as he also took aim at Supersport who dismissed him “with immediate effect and no income.”
According to Mahachi, Diego was diagnosed with necrotic ulcers with sepsis, which is a condition caused by the death of cells in living tissue caused by external factors such as infection, trauma, or toxins.
Mahachi stated that his son, who had visited him in South Africa, returned to Zimbabwe on April 14 and was being cared for by his two sisters at his Cowdray Park home. He claims that the sisters did not take the child to the hospital but instead hired a doctor to administer injections at their home.
“It was only when his septic ulcers exploded that he was rushed to hospital. Once examined, the medical export decided that the condition was spreading so fast his leg would have to be amputated. My sisters were questioned why they took so long to seek medical help and I don’t know if it was out of fear of being charged with negligence but they proceeded to state that Diego had returned from South Africa in that condition,” he explained.
That was the beginning of a grueling seven-month ordeal that culminated in Mahachi’s acquittal by a Bulawayo court last week.
Mahachi wants to play football again and is pleading for a chance to return to the sport that brought him fame and fortune.
“I can only pray someone out there is willing to take a chance on me so I can go back to playing… and end my career without this torrid time being how I exit the beautiful game of football,” he said in his statement.
When the Warriors defeated Guinea 2-1 in their final game at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon at the beginning of this year, the 29-year-old Mahachi, along with former captain Knowledge Musona, scored one of the goals to help them finish the tournament on a high note after losses to Senegal and Malawi. Only two Zimbabwean players, Musona and Mahachi, have scored in two different Afcon finals.