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For the Love of the Game (12)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa “Zitha collapsed again, she’s…” Thabo rushes to Sibongile while the paramedics and nurses fuss over Njabulo. Puleng remains where she was standing with Thabo. “On my God Tee! Can this day be any worse?” Sibongile says softly as she allows herself to be dragged by Thabo towards the ward where Zitha is. She pauses […]

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For the Love of the Game (7)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa “I’ve been submitting full chapters to the editors so that the work goes faster. They will handle the order in which they will appear in the book, and the book layout is up to the publisher.” “How many chapters left on your side?” “About three” “Do you still need Zulu?” “Not really. I know […]

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For the Love of the Game (5)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa Weeks have turned to months and the centenary celebration for the Cranes Football Club is drawing near. There is a celebration tonight at the club village, this because of their recent win against another country giant, Badimo FC. They beat them 6-0 in the Battle Knockout, the country’s toughest competition. The team was nervous […]

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For the Love of the Game (4)

    By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa The days after Zitha’s alleged drug overdose passed by like a tornado – fast, dusty and overwhelming. Sibongile was running around like a headless chicken. She had to juggle her jobs with visiting Zitha every day. Her sessions with Njabulo were the least affected because he would go to the hospital with her […]

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For the Love of the Game (3)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa There is intense awkwardness in Sibongile’s lounge as Njabulo Zulu gently places himself on the couch. The Njabulo Zulu on Sibongile’s couch! She’s starting to feel intimidated and even nervous. This guy is a superstar. He is a celebrated striker who has done wonders for both his team and the national team. He has been […]

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For the Love of the Game (2)

    By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa Sibongile walks back to her apartment feeling exhausted, emotionally rather than physically. After the disastrous morning meeting with Njabulo Zulu, she rushed back to her daytime job as a cashier at a local grocery store and had one of her worst days. From complaining customers to being short when cashing up, her day […]

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