Former Warriors striker Gilbert Mushangazhike has been dragged before the courts by his former wife, Mundy Chinyani, after neglecting his two minor boys aged 14 and seven years since 2010.
He was ordered to pay $500 maintenance per month for the two children.
But before the order was made, Mushangazhike, whose address was provided in court papers as Number 8 Chinamhora Street, Mbare, had pleaded with the court to consider that he was no longer earning anything from playing football.
“We spoke outside the court and I am offering $500 per month (for both children) starting June. I cannot afford $700, I have a truck and I realise $1 000,” he said. “I have no other source of income.
“I am no longer playing football and I have another child with a wife I am staying with at the moment.”
Chinyani made an application for maintenance against Mushangazhike seeking a $1 000 per month order for the two boys after the latter abandoned his 15-year-old marriage and failed to support the children.
She told the court she was running a small business, a hair salon, where she was realising between R3 000 to R4 000 per month.
“Respondent is a soccer player and I do not know how much he earns. Since 2010 I have been living with the children while he has not been there for them,” Chinyani told the court.
“He has not been providing food, clothing, medical expenses and school fees for the two minors. He last gave me R2 000 in January 2010 and we were married for 15 years.”
Mushangazhike was then ordered by provincial magistrate Miriam Banda to pay $500 per month for the upkeep of the two boys. He was also ordered to contribute 50% towards the minors’ school fees.