Former Division One outfit Quelaton and relegated Bantu Rovers midfielder Proud Zireni was last week convicted of stealing a friend’s television set and other items worth $180.
Zireni (18) had been accommodated overnight by Patrick Kaunda when he stole the items during Kaunda’s absence.
Goods worth $120 were recovered.
The soccer player was convicted on a plea of guilty when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Tancy Chipumha-Dube.
He was sentenced to three months in prison, wholly suspended on condition he restitutes $60.
Charges against Zireni were that on January 6, he visited Kaunda who was at one time his club mate at Quelaton and asked to sleep overnight.
Kaunda left Zireni in the house while he went clubbing.
Upon his return, Kaunda was informed by one Reuben that his TV was missing.
He reported the matter at Bulawayo Central Police Station, but when he returned to his house, he found two police officers there who told him that someone had been arrested with a TV believed to have been stolen and was detained at Hillside Police Station.
The person found in possession of the TV said he had bought it from Zireni, leading to his arrest.
Kaunda also discovered that Zireni had stolen his jacket, waist-coat and a stove.