Arthur Zwane almost committed suicide
Posted: 17 February 2010 Time: 09:43
Kaizer Chiefs' new technical team member Arthur Zwane has revealed to KickOff.com that he almost killed himself when it appeared he was down and out some years ago.
Zwane joined Chiefs in July 2000 as part of the exchange deal that included the late Lesley Manyathela, who was involved in a tug-of-war between Chiefs and Pirates.
Zwane was thought to be a Pirates' player at the time and when he wanted to join Chiefs from First Division side Tembisa Classic, where he had scored eight goals in 30 games, Bucs stepped in blocking the move until Manyathela was used as a compromise between the two clubs.
The 36-year-old confesses that had it not been for the people around him, he could have ended it all.
_quote "My career was on the rise, but when I came back from Brazil (where he played for Santos), I soon found myself playing in the First Division. I went through hell," he told KickOff.com during an interview in Naturena.
"Some people were saying I was finished and I thought how could that be when I still so young, about 24 or 25 at the time?
"I almost committed suicide, seriously," he reveals. "But there were lots of people around, supporting me. I'm very lucky. Funny enough, I have never been a smoker or a drinker. Maybe it was a wake-up call and God wanted to show me the difficulties of the game. Here I am today retiring having grown so much as a player," Zwane says.
'King Arthur', as he was also affectionately known, adds that winning the African Cup of Winners Cup with Chiefs in 2001 was the highlight of his career.
"I remember for the second leg in the Final, we only had two substitutes on the bench, because of injuries and suspensions. We showed character to win the Mandela Cup and I will always cherish it," he adds.