Former CAPS United captain Moses Muchenje (31) says he is ready to re-launch his career after successfully undergoing rehabilitation from drug addiction.
Muchenje, who is yet to find a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League, on Wednesday told The Herald that started excessive alcohol consumption due to a myriad of challenges that he was facing. He said:
For close to two years, I was a victim of alcohol abuse as a result of too many problems. I was stressed and the stress culminated in depression.
The alcohol abuse spree affected my relationship with so many people including my family.
I wasn’t myself. I last played competitive football in 2021 during that Chibuku Super Cup bubble when I was still at Harare City Football Club. So many things were happening and I got too stressed.
I failed to handle the pressure and eventually I slipped into acute depression. That’s how I started abusing alcohol. I became addicted and for the rest of 2022, I was on the sidelines.
But, somehow, something kept telling me that I was supposed to be a footballer and I even trained with Yadah with a view to signing a contract with them last year. But again all that came to naught as I always abused substances.
Then my brother (name withheld) came up with this idea of rehabilitation to save not only my career but my life as well.
With the help of Jadel Football Academy, Muchenje was placed under rehabilitation at Mubatirapamwe Trust. He said:
I have spent close to three months here (Mubatirapamwe Trust) and next week I will be leaving. I am very happy as I have become myself once again.
… I am very fit due to the training I have also been receiving during my time here. Physically and mentally, I am ready to play the game again.
Muchenje advised fellow athletes and members of the public to find safer and better ways of dealing with their problems rather than indulging in alcohol abuse.
Mubatirapamwe Trust executive director, Christina Madamombe, said Muchenje has been successfully rehabilitated.
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