Dumisani Zuma’s issue is the company he keeps around him and the fact that he rents an apartment.

 Dumisani Zuma’s issue is the company he keeps around him and the fact that he rents an apartment.

Dumisani Zuma, the prized and revered forward for the Kaizer Chiefs, appears to be ruined. This is according to his former ABC Motsepe League coach.

Msholozi, the player, is facing an unclear future at Kaizer Chiefs following his drunk-driving arrest and suspension by the club late last year.

The Pietermaritzburg-born player returned to training in the start of 2022, but that was the end of his career. Since last year’s CAF Champions League, the 29-year-old has failed to play on matchday green grass.

Before he began to feel forgotten, Dumisani Zuma was the supporters’ super-sub sweetheart.

Zuma’s old coach simply believes that his career took a turn for the worse when he stopped having a family. Instead, he grew up among peers, and it was then that he began to slide off the rails in Bloemfontein, even before he joined Kaizer Chiefs.

“I’m not able to judge him but I believe peer pressure effects have gotten him in that position ,” Obinna Okafor, who coached Zuma at Kings United, told Kick Off .

“Part of the blame is on (Bloemfontein) Celtic because they didn’t put him in to stay with a family to provide guardian support when they signed as a teenager but just gave him R4000 for accommodation.

“I took him(Zuma) to Celtic as a teenager. I did his first contract at Celtic and asked the Greek guy that I was negotiating with to kindly use his signing-on fees to buy him a house and put him in a family environment instead of giving him R4000 for rentals.

“The Greek guy said the boy must decide what to do with his money, which is why I say I partly blame Celtic for the problems besetting Zuma.

“What do you think will happen with a boy from the rural areas who was on an R3000 stipend when he starts getting a salary of R10 000 with no family to caution him. Celtic then more than doubled his salary.

Finally, the former mentor expressed regret for abandoning Zuma when he believes the player would have done better with his ongoing mentoring.

“It is disturbing to talk about this boy because I also feel I let him down ,”  Okafor added

“Throughout his time at Celtic, we kept in touch but when he went to Chiefs, we grew distant because of other people that didn’t want me close.

“Zuma even once stayed at Serame Letsoako’s house in Gauteng because of his documented troubles ,” he concluded.

The 29-year-old attacker from Newscastle in KwaZulu Natal apparently turned down a new offer from Usuthu before reportedly signing a pre-contract with Amakhosi, as NMMABUNDA  reported few months back.

The AmaZulu board was enraged by the decision, and the player has been suspended from the team since January.

But, as a modern player, what will Zuma bring to Kaizer Chiefs in terms of positions?

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