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Phakaaathi Reporter
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8 May 2018
10:52 am

Ntshumayelo opens up about his struggles after four-year ban

Phakaaathi Reporter

Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Thandani Ntshumayelo could not hold back the tears when he spoke about his four-year ban after testing positive for cocaine in 2016.

Thandani Ntshumayelo (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Speaking to SABC Sport, Ntshumayelo revealed the struggles he went through since his ban.

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“I was sitting at home doing nothing, gained weight, about 12-15 kg. I was thinking too much, I lost hope. And when my son was born I realised I made a mistake and I am paying for it now. My girlfriend encouraged me to start jogging to clear my head,” said Ntshumayelo.

“I would see people on the street while I was jogging and they would tell me they miss seeing me playing football, and I would stop and go back home to cry and sleep.”

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Ntshumayelo added that people have offered to help him and his family for him to make an income.

“There is a businessman who called me after my interview on radio, he has offer to give me a bursary to study project management, and I am starting in June.”

The former Pirates man says his father is taking care of him by paying his bills.

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