ZIMBABWE international striker Shingi Kawondera is in serious trouble after he allegedly tossed off at high speed a man who had clung onto the bonnet of h
is car following a misunderstanding on Saturday.
The man is battling for life at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare.
Police spokesman Andrew Phiri yesterday confirmed the incident, which happened around 8pm outside a nightclub in Chitungwiza, and said the man’s condition was “critical”.
Phiri said Kawondera had not yet been charged, but the footballer could face culpable homicide charges if the man died as feared.
After knocking down the man, Kawondera was thoroughly beaten up by a mob before security guards at the nightclub came to his rescue, according to eyewitnesses.
Kawondera, notorious for his partying antics, had gone to drink with his friends in his hometown.
Phiri said a misunderstanding broke out when a group of youths approached Kawondera, as he was about to get into his car asking for money from him to buy beer.
“When Kawondera refused to give them money, one of the youths jumped onto the vehicle bonnet and held on to it in a bid to stop the car from moving,” Phiri said. “Kawondera then panicked and drove off with the young man clinging onto the bonnet. He fell off the vehicle and sustained grievous injuries.”
Phiri said a report was made to the police, but they were still waiting for another report from the Vehicle Inspection Department and to have an assessment of the victim’s condition to determine the type of charges to be leveled against Kawondera.
“We will take further action, but we cannot act as of now because we are not certain if the young man will make it or not. We are still monitoring his condition,” he said.
Kawondera, who plays for Turkish top-flight side FC Gaziantepspor, has been keeping rumour-mills busy with his adventures at nightclubs since coming back home for his off-season break.
In the wee hours of Saturday, IndependentSport spotted Kawondera — together with his Warriors team mate Cephas Chimedza — hobnobbing with prostitutes at the Tipperary’s nightspot in the Avenues area of Harare.