TENDAI Ndoro says he has fully recovered from an almost mental breakdown, and is looking at bouncing back to the local football scene and reclaim his place in the DStv Premiership.
Ndoro’s trip to hell and back
The 34-year-old Ndoro said he has been unwell for the past four years, and has been on a recovery bed at home at Luveve in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe for the rest of last year.
It has been reported that Ndoro was seen in Shamva, Zim where he seemed to be seriously ill, which has been rumoured to be from his personal lifestyle.
This is following his short stint with Saudi Arabian club, Al-Orouba, where he played for less than a season in 2020 before the club went bankrupt and closed shop.
But Ndoro said he was not depressed by the club as he was paid all his dues, but had more pressing personal issues that required his immediate attention and a clearer mind.
“I am fine now and want to go back to the field,” said Ndoro, who claims to be 34 although his Wikipedia page says 37.
“I want to play until I am 40, just like Nomvethe (Siyabonga). I haven’t had any offers locally since the transfer window was opened, only had a few abroad.
“I have not been training for almost a year now, but I’d like to start training to regain my fitness. The PSL is my first option if I were to return to playing.”
“I wasn’t okay mentally”
Ndoro revealed what went wrong with him leading to an almost collapse of his footballing career at a time he still held great promise.
“I will be back strong. I wasn’t well, and I wasn’t okay mentally. I was in Zimbabwe for the entire 2021. This thing just happened from nowhere.
“The Al-Orouba were financially struggling and could not meet my requirements, but they ended up paying me after I’ve left.”
According to Soccer24 sources, Ndoro had gone bankrupt after losing most of his money to a lady he was apparently married customarily. But Ndoro told SunSport that he is looking forward to securing another offer in South Africa to bounce back.
He was one of the highly paid players in the PSL, having played for clubs such as Orlando Pirates, where he scored 25 goals in 48 outings, which was his biggest success story.