Tendai Ndoro

Ndoro opens up on Arabian nightmare….’l nearly starved in Saudi Arabia’

Fungai Muderere
ZIMBABWE international Tendai a�?Firea�? Ndoro, a player who has continuously made headlines courtesy of his ongoing Ajax Cape Town saga, says he could have died of hunger in Saudi Arabia.

Ndoro ended the disastrous short spell in Saudi Arabia in December 2017 after completing a two-year deal with South Africaa��s Absa Premiership side Ajax Cape Town a move that further plunged him in hot soup.

a�?It was very tough in Saudi Arabia. I could spend some time with no single cent in my pocket. I could have died of hunger. Considering that I had a family to feed, I could not just adjust to the place hence my move back to South Africa, not knowing it will plunge me into more trouble,a�? said Ndoro on SABC 1a��s Sport@10 on Tuesday night.

The a�?sensational returna�? to South African football came after the 32-year-old Warriors striker left Soweto giants Orlando Pirates in August 2017 to join Saudi Arabian side Al Faisaly for a reported fee of around $600 000.

However, despite the financial gains accrued from the move, Ndoro struggled to adjust to life in the oil-rich gulf nation, scoring just one goal in four appearances before deciding to retrace his roots to South Africa.

By joining Ajax Cape Town Ndoro was accused of violating Fifa regulations by playing for three clubs in one season.

a�?I have been through hell. I wouldna��t want to repeat the same mistake. I didna��t know anything about my violation of Fifa regulations. It was not my fault and I dona��t want to talk further about that. Ita��s still haunting me,a�? said Ndoro adding that he was still weighing options on which club to join ahead of the start of the 2018 /2019 season.

a�?I dona��t know anything about my reported pending move to Kaizer Chiefs, maybe I will get to know about it as time goes on. Ia��m still weighing options. There are some options that have come from South African clubs. I have also received offers from overseas,a�? said the Bulawayo-bred footballer.

Ajax Cape Town opted not to renew its contract with Ndoro who has been at the centre of the cluba��s ongoing bid for survival.

In May the South African Football Association (Safa) ruled that Ajax Cape Town had illegally fielded Ndoro, docking the Urban WarriorsA� nine points. The ruling saw the club automatically relegated from the lucrative Absa Premier Soccer League. The footballer himself received a two-match suspension.

The Cape Town side was forced to forfeit three matches and was fined R50 000 for each game.

Ndoro reportedly cost the club R2,5-million from Al-Faisaly earlier this yeara�s which at the time the club stated was on a two-season contract.

He made eight appearances for the Urban Warriors in all competitionsa�s scoring just a single goal.