IN an incident that echoes the controversy that surrounded Bobby Moore during the 1970 World Cup finals, former Dynamos and FC Platinum forward Aleck Marime is reportedly on the run after he recently stole US$500 from a fellow drunk friend in the coal mining town of Hwange, B Metro has learnt.
Just like the 1966 England’s World Cup hero, who faced cops after being accused of stealing a bangle from a Bogota hotel foyer in Colombia 50 years ago, the money that Marime allegedly nicked from his well-oiled associate is certainly likely to see him face the cops and jail as the matter was reported at Hwange Police Station.
“After having one too many with his friend in Hwange, Aleck Marime thought of stealing US$500 from his associate. This did not go down well with the victim who reported the matter at Hwange Police Station,” said a police source who requested anonymity.
However, spirited efforts to get a comment from the Acting Matabeleland North police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Namatirai Mashona drew a blank.
Marime, who also previously turned out for Hwange, reportedly tried to retrace to Chipangano numerous times without success courtesy of disciplinary issues that compelled then club coach Bongani Mafu to think otherwise on roping him in.
We are reliably informed he recently had a brief stint at Victoria Falls based Zifa Southern Region Division One side Victoria Falls Mosi Rovers before he went AWOL.
Local football sources indicated that after that, Marime went back to the coal mining town where he had been seeking to make a living through washing cars in the central business district.
As if that is not enough, the footballer is said to be experiencing trying times as he has no decent living place, a development that reportedly prompted him to sleep at a building in the CBD.