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FC Platinum and Warriors midfielder Ali Sadiki co-habited with a girlfriend for seven years and only separated with her three weeks ago following a misunderstanding, the Harare Civil Court heard yesterday.

Sharon Chimwanza, who is pregnant, is claiming US$1 117 in maintenance, but the footballer is offering US$200.

She is demanding money for the upkeep of their eight-year-old daughter and her pregnancy.

Chimwanza, through her lawyer Ms Belinda Rupapa of Zinyengere Rupapa Legal Practitioners, claims she was co-habiting with Sadiki for the past seven years and they were not formally married.

“The applicant is not in a position to source for money since she is pregnant and after birth she will be nursing the baby. During the period they were co-habiting Sadiki was not maintaining his child and my client had to source for funds from relatives so the court should not give a blind eye to such circumstances. His rentals in Zvishavane are paid by his employer (FC Platinum) and there are no deductions by the employer,” Ms Rupapa said

But Sadiki’s lawyer Mr Bosswell Chideme of Mavhunga and Partners said his client customarily married Chimwanza.

“Chimwanza is claiming US$517 for the minor child yet the child is staying with my client’s parents and she has not reclaimed custody as for now.

“The winning bonus which my client earns is US$400 and he is not a regular player in the national team. My client does not earn US$800. He stays in Zvishavane and he informed me that he has rentals, utility bills, food and clothing where he also spends his money,” Mr Chideme said.

“The claim must be dismissed and the court should allow my client to pay US$200 as maintainance for the applicant only.”

The magistrate Mr Tafadzwa Muvhami deferred the matter to next Tuesday.

Source : The Herald