JOHANNESBURG - Football is a short career and one has to be careful in looking after oneself during the playing days. It is imperative to remain as fit as possible to prolong one’s the playing days.And in the same breath, a football player must save as much money as possible during his playing days in preparation for rain days to come.
Yes, being an athlete means coming across many temptations such as driving big and flashy cars, being seen in the company of hot girls and at times attending top parties where the who-is-who normally congregate.
With so much money generated in the game of football, it means most footballers earn huge salaries but it goes with the territory.
Footballers are constantly in the glare of the public and as such are under tremendous pressure to eat at top hotels, drink expensive stuff, dress designer clothes and buy top of the range cars.
Being a celebrity also means foregoing certain luxuries which a normal person can do – like being seen in bad company, visiting seedy areas etc.
With today’s various tabloids looking for any slip up, not being careful will result in appearing on the media all for wrong reasons.
Last week, two of Zimbabwe Warriors stars Khama Billiat and Tendai Ndoro hogged the headlines after one of Mzansi’s publications claimed the two fought over a woman.
It is alleged that Billiat got the girl first and Ndoro took over the girl from him, something like that.
But after a few weeks or months, the girl got hooked to the Sundowns star again which led to the two stars developing bad blood.
Now, this is not what football players must be famous for. Theirs must be to entertain the public with their infield talents and issues of women must never reach the public domain.
This is not the first time Zimbabwean footballers players have been caught on the wrong side of the ‘law’ by the media.
There are a few instances where some players were caught looking for hookers in Hillbrow while others were accused of changing girls at their places of residence like panties.
Being a foreign player brings with it added pressure hence the need to be careful at one’s every move.
Fans expect you to excel more than locals, behave in an exemplary manner and to lead from the front.
Because being on form is not a permanent feature and once you start dropping, fans will remind you of those shenanigans which appear on the newspapers, televisions, hear on radio and read on social media platforms.
Many a star have paid the price for not looking after themselves and there are many to mention here whether in Zim, Mzansi or on the international front.
As I said football is a short career where lots of sacrifices are required during that short period of time.
Stories of stars whose lives move from rags-to-riches and back to rags again have been told over and over again and one does not need to re-emphasise the need to get ready for the rain days.
To Khama and Ndoro, the last week has been disappointing to your families, friends and those who look up to you.
They might have been untested allegations but once again know that your lives are always on the microscope of the public. You don’t need such headlines for goodness’ sake.