NATIONAL team and South African Premiership side University of Pretoria goalkeeper Washington Arubi has been ordered to pay $650 maintenance for the upkeep of the two children he sired with his estranged wife.
The matter (Case Number M1936/14), in which Arubiâs estranged wife Iris Jesca Tatenda Nyandoro was demanding $1 035, appeared before Mutare magistrate Sharon Chipanga.
During the proceedings in court, the former Dynamos and Lancashire Steel player was accused of failing to take care of his two children â Nathan and Washington Junior.
The court heard that the two children are surviving on the mercy of the footballerâs estranged wifeâs mother based in the United Kingdom.
Initially, the respondent, through his lawyer Walter Makhuyana of Bere Brothers Legal Practitioners, pleaded for more time in order for Arubi to appear in person during the ABSA Premiership off season period in May.
However, the applicantâs legal representative Mr Victor Mazengero of Mugadza, Chinzamba and Partners Legal Practitioners argued that the two minorsâ welfare is at stake and the court should treat the matter with the urgency it deserves hence the magistrateâs ruling that the South African based player pay $650.
Arubi, who scooped the player of the year award in his first season with University of Pretoria, is still turning out for the same team.
Washington embarked on his professional career at Lancashire Steel in 2005. In the 2007/08 season he moved to Highlanders FC. After a short spell at Bantu Rovers in 2009, Arubi joined the Zimbabwean powerhouse Dynamos where he played for two seasons.
At DeMbare, he got a taste of the 2012/13 Caf Champions League participating in four matches of the tournament.
In the summer 2012, he moved to South Africa and signed for Pretoria University.
In between 1999 and 2005, Washington Arubi played for the Zimbabwe U-20 and U-23 teams and since 2006 he is capped to the senior Zimbabwean side.