LAST YEAR England footballer Raheem Sterling was forced to defend a new tattoo of an M16 assault rifle, after anti-gun campaigners called it “disgusting”.
The Manchester City forward said it reflected his pledge to never touch a gun after his father was shot dead when he was two years old.
Sterling isn’t the only footballer who has explained the meaning of his tattoos.
Leroy Sane has a massive tattoo of himself celebrating his goal against Monaco during the 2016/ 17 season. The list of footballers with the drawings is as endless as Rastafarians with dreadlocks.
Recently Warriors midfielder Kudakwashe Mahachi, now with Orlando Pirates, joining his senior national teammate, Teenage Hadebe, at free spending South Africa’s Absa Premiership giants Kaizer Chiefs recently got his own tattoo.
His tattoo screams his love for his late mother Sibonile Moyo who passed away on 11 December 2018 in Bulawayo’s Lobengula suburb after a long illness.
Mahachi, a former Bantu Rovers, Chicken Inn and Highlanders left-footed player, seem to have done it with a heavy heart as he said he will remember his late mother with the tattoo on his left hand.
Posting the picture of the tattoo on his Facebook page Mahachi said: “RIP mummy I will always remember you with this . . . 15 /08 /60 – 11 /12 /18.”
The late Moyo lived at the family home in Cowdray Park which the football star purchased in 2014 after his move to Mamelodi Sundowns.
In an interview in January 2017 after Mahachi scored Zimbabwe’s opening goal at the Africa Cup of Nations in their 2-2 draw against Algeria, the late Moyo said her wish was that her son’s career does not end in South Africa, with her wish being that he goes to a bigger league.
While the Mzilikazi-bred footie star could have spent a fortune in getting the tattoo inscribed on him, B-Metro Sport could not immediately establish the amount of money that Mahachi parted with as his South African mobile number was continuously not reachable.
However, we have it on good authority that Hadebe’s 12 worded body art with his late mother’s picture on the left side of his chest, cost him R1 000.
The message on it reads: ““Will Always Remember . . . That Special Smile . . . That Caring Heart . . . You Always Gave.”
Hadebe’s mother, Selinah Ndlovu passed on 25 May 2017 after she collapsed near their home in Bulawayo’s oldest high density suburb of Makokoba.