HIGHLANDERS Football Club’s star Mthulisi Maphosa yesterday claimed “three quarters” of his teammates have slept with a woman he is alleged to have viciously attacked on Saturday.
Maphosa, 31, whose team was on a break due to the OneWallet Cup final pitting Dynamos and Triangle last weekend, ran amok and bashed his girlfriend Nobuhle Nkomo’s friend, Amanda Mbuisa, and her boyfriend, Bongani Rabvu, in Mpopoma suburb. He accused the alleged bed-hopping Mbuisa of being a bad influence on Nkomo.
Appearing before Western Commonage magistrate Tancy Dube, the former Zimbabwe Saints, Monomotapa and FC Platinum player said he once bedded Mbuisa, 22, whom he claimed had also slept with nearly all the Bosso players.
Maphosa said he assaulted Mbuisa because she was influencing his girlfriend into prostitution.
The footballer initially pleaded guilty, but his plea was altered to not guilty after he denied assaulting them using bricks.
“I admit I assaulted them but I didn’t use bricks or stones. I headbutted them on their faces and used fists, not stones. I’ve been warning Mbuisa to leave my girlfriend alone but she doesn’t listen. She’s a bad influence on my girlfriend because she has slept with about three quarters of my teammates, including myself. I know what she’s capable of,” he said.
Highlanders is battling reports of rampant indiscipline among players, with claims suggesting that some players indulge in drug abuse and binge drinking.
In court, prosecutor Keneth Shava said Maphosa assaulted Rabvu and Mbuisa using bricks and fists and then headbutted them.
“Maphosa assaulted Rabvu and Mbuisa by hitting them with bricks after they brought his girlfriend, Nobuhle Nkomo, home late,” he said.
The court heard that during the night of October 4, Maphosa was waiting for Nkomo at her place of residence in Mpopoma suburb when she arrived home in a car at around 11PM in the company of Mbuisa and her boyfriend, Rabvu.
The three were coming from the city centre.
Maphosa flew into a rage and asked Mbuisa what she was doing with his girlfriend so late in the night.
The Bosso star then accused Mbuisa of being a prostitute and a bad influence on his girlfriend before totally losing it.
He is alleged to have assaulted Mbuisa and her boyfriend with bricks and headbutted them. Rabvu ran away, leaving Mbuisa at Maphosa’s mercy.
The two sustained serious facial injuries and were referred to hospital.
Testifying, Mbuisa said Maphosa always assaults his girlfriend and had turned her into a “punching bag”.
“Maphosa always assaults Nkomo and she even wants to file a protection order against him. She’s scared to report the abuse to the police but he beats her almost every time. Maphosa also said he’s gone through worse than assault cases and is not afraid of the police,” she said.
Maphosa was remanded out of custody to today for sentencing.
This is not the first time that Maphosa has been caught on the wrong side of the law.
In 2011, the Bosso star was arrested for attempted murder after stabbing a soldier.
The matter was later settled out of court.
Last year, the player, who has earned himself a bad-boy tag, was involved in a bar brawl in Matshobana where he hit bouncers at Esibayeni with a baton stick.
He has also faced allegations of assaulting his mother.
A guilty conviction would most likely spell the end of Maphosa’s time at Highlanders, and possibly his career.