Disgraced former Supersport United star winger Kuda Mahachi has lost everything as he narrated on Facebook the painful costs of an acquittal from a hellish seven-month criminal charges of child abuse and attempted murder.
Supersport suspended the acquitted Zimbabwe international way back in May when allegations that he tried to kill his son first emerged, leaving him with no source of income.
In a lengthy statement posted on his Facebook page alongside the judgment, the 29-year-old opened up about how the case turned his life upside down and pleaded for a club to give him a chance to revive his life and career.
“On Friday the 25th of November, after seven months, I was acquitted on two very serious criminal allegations of attempted murder and child abuse. During these seven months, I saw my whole world turn upside down.
“I was dismissed from my club with immediate effect and was left with no income, I was vilified by a nation that I once was the football darling of, and my fate was sealed through social media without trial. During these seven months, I lost everything I lived for. Seven months of being shunned even by those I played alongside, seven months of death threats, seven months of depression, the list can go on.”
Mahachi blames his family members, particularly his sisters in his native Zimbabwe that resulted in the toddler having his leg amputated after he was diagnosed with his Ulcer Sepsis Necrotic.
“My son, Diego was a victim of negligence at the hands of family members who were meant to look after him at my home in Bulawayo. Diego was diagnosed with Ulcer Sepsis Necrotic (the so-called flesh-eating disease) which is a very rare but a serious infection,” he said.
Mahachi said he was vilified and pronounced guilty on the court of public opinion as his name was dragged through social media without trial.
“I am not just a broken man; I am a pained man by what has happened to my son and how I was accused of attempting to kill him despite reports from medical experts. No one cared to give me a chance, no one cared to give me the benefit of doubt,” said Mahachi.
In his long career, Mahachi has played for DSTV premiership giants Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns, SuperSport United, Golden Arrows as well as the Zimbabwe national team.
“I have played football for 15 years for my country and for top-flight clubs, yet despite this, I was accused of using my four-year-old son for rituals. How is it that I have played this game for 11 years before my son was born and suddenly I needed him for rituals for my career,” said the fallen star.
Supersport suspended Mahachi in May and opted not to renew his contract in June when it expired as his case in Zimbabwe raged on.
He remains without a club.