It was an emotionally time for former Orlando Pirates midfielder. Speaking out about his four-year ban after testing positive for cocaine in 2016, Thandani Ntshumayelo could not hold back the tears.
Ntshumayelo revealed the struggles he has gone through since his ban, to SABC Sport.
“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.”
Ntshumayelo has had people offering to help him make an income for him and his family.
“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 father of this former Pirates man, is taking care of Ntshumayelo by paying his bills.
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