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Short Stories, Tale Africa

For the Love of the Game (Finale)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa Thabo is helping Zitha get ready to leave hospital after demanding to be discharged early. She insisted on booking herself into a rehabilitation center as soon as possible. This came as a relief to her friends who were still choosing their conversations about drugs carefully as if walking on egg shells. As she did […]

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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 (10)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa “Njabulo” she whispers again, this time accompanied by sobs. “Njabulo come on wake up” she is crying now but Njabulo isn’t moving. Sibongile takes her phone from her bag and tries calling Christopher but there isn’t any signal in the area. She curses and gently gets out of the car and crawls towards the […]

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For the Love of the Game (9)

    By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa Thabo Madlala, popularly known as Tee, is what you’d call a real play boy. He is easy going and bubbly–an absolute pleasure to have around. Zitha recently discovered this and they’ve been the best of buddies lately – if you can put it that way. Tee and Zitha met at the club celebration […]

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Reflections

For the Love of the Game (8)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa “If you weren’t already married I’d say marry her son, such a beauty!” Jokes the old woman who has been the sweetest host since their arrival. Sibongile blushes while Njabulo laughs out loud. The Rock scans Sibongile up and down as he says; “Son, are you really going around with a beautiful woman like […]

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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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