'Please heal me, Jesus'
INJURED Kaizer Chiefs defender Jimmy Tau has dribbled his way to the headquarters of Zion Christian Church (ZCC) in Moria in search of Jesus Christ's mud and spit.
Tau was seen by other congregants limping his way into the holy place a fortnight ago.
The churchgoer who informed us says that Tau, who has not kicked a ball this season after injuring his Achilles tendon, went to Moria after his team's league game against SuperSport United at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
"After the game Jimmy went to Moria, where he attended a prayer session and left.
"I'm not sure whether he went again after that visit. He's desperate to recover from his injury and maybe he thinks turning to God will help him," says the ZCC member, who does not want to be identified.
Last month, the club released a statement in which they confirmed the speedy defender was expected to be out of action for the entire season.
They said he was scheduled to undergo an operation at Morningside clinic on October 30.
Tau confirms he turned to God.
"Yes I was in Polokwane when my team was playing against SuperSport," he says. "I went to church afterwards as I was invited to join a prayer session there."
Asked when he thinks he will be back in action, he says: "Only God can tell. But I'm recovering."
Tau is not the only player who has turned to God for help when haunted by bad luck.
We can reveal that the late Bafana Bafana assistant coach Thomas Madigage sought divine intervention after he was almost shot in cold blood in Mamelodi, Tshwane a few years after his return to South Africa from Switzerland, where he played for FC Zurich in the 90s.
This was revealed by Madigage's former mentor and friend Brave Chauke.
Chauke, who is also a member of the church, says Madigage was driving him from Mamelodi to Moria when they were accosted.
"He was driving towards J Mahlangu High School when a car emerged from a house next to the road and blocked our path.
"One of the passengers got out, drew a firearm, went straight to Thomas and pointed it at him," he says.
Chauke says he quickly got out of the car, rushed to the gunman and hit the hand in which he was holding the gun.
"A shot went off but no one was hurt. When the assailant recognised Thomas, he apologised and left," he says.
Chauke says he got into the car and drove as Madigage was too terrified to hit the pedal.
"When we arrived in Moria, Thomas asked me to make some arrangements for him to be baptised. I told him I needed to speak to his parents first," says Chauke.
Upon their return home Chauke says he narrated the story to Madigage's parents.
"They told me I should've allowed him to be baptised.
"He was later baptised," he says.