KNOWING that football is not just about hard work and tactics, but also the need for favour and grace from above, Zimbabwe international defender Teenage Hadebe’s father apparently dazzled many when he exclusively revealed that the secret behind his son’s soaring success was popular Bulawayo Prophet Thabiso Ngwenya’s prayers.
Donning his son’s number 16 jersey for his Turkish Super League Club, New Malatyaspor, Teenage’s father was one of the popular faces that graced Prophet Ngwenya’s spirit-led testimony service at his Faith In Christ International headquarters in Pumula South on Sunday.
Another notable testimony that also amazed congregants was that of television personality Mbo Mahocs (real name Mbonisi Mahonondo), who is enjoying her “novel” fame as Chichi on the South African hit eTV soapie, Scandal, and whose “recent” marriage to a German was prophesied by Prophet Ngwenya in 2009.
Prophet Ngwenya gained popularity from performing miracles, particularly using holy water to heal and reverse hexes (bombing).
The Warriors centreback, who is playing for Turkish Super League club, New Malatyaspor, is part of the Warriors squad that will be playing against Botswana in the 2021 Afcon qualifiers on Friday.
The revelations were part of the testimonies that were openly read out by Prophet Ngwenya to about a thousand congregants that attended the service.
In his testimony, the 23-year-old player’s father revealed that the man behind his son’s rising success in his football career was Prophet Ngwenya.
“I have good news here from Teenage’s father, the young boy who is involved in major international football transfers. I am happy that his father in his testimony has made it clear that my prayers were also behind his soaring success in his football career.
“I have known Teenage before he started his professional football career until now when he was signed from Kaizer Chiefs by a Turkish Super League club.
“Teenage used to come here with his mother for prayers. Sadly, he is always phoning me saying he wished she (mother) was still alive, so that she could see his rising career in football,” said Prophet Ngwenya while inviting the lanky defender’s father to the podium.
His father, who was repeatedly nodding his head in a classic gesture of being grateful to Prophet Ngwenya, also told him that his son was now being pursued by another club in Greece.
“The move will definitely succeed despite the fact that his current club’s president is against the move saying it is too early for Teenage to be released. Consider it done,” boldly declared Prophet Ngwenya amid loud applause and cheers from the congregants.
Surprisingly, the Warriors centreback later did a video call with Prophet Ngwenya during the service wishing everyone at the church a “blessed Sunday”.
Mbo Mahocs’ video testimony of how her new found fame on the South African soapie and marriage to a German were prophesied by Prophet Ngwenya in 2009 was also played to the congregants.
“I came here in 2009 and the prophet (Ngwenya) prophesied that I was going to be married to a white man and I am here to give a testimony that it has happened as per his prophecy,” she shyly said while hugging and kissing her husband.
Her husband also buttressed her testimony saying: “It is just a sign that whatever God has promised, He does, sometimes it’s immediate, sometimes it takes a bit of time, but God obviously fulfills what he promises.”
Prophet Ngwenya said it was amazing that in an age when most celebrities just wanted to play and have fun, Teenage and Mbo Mahocs were searching for faith and enlightenment. The spirit-led testimony service was also punctuated with moving testimonies of various people from Botswana, Republic of Ireland, Singapore, Australia among other European countries who were testifying on how they were freed from joblessness, financial problems and evil spirits.
Nduna Mathe from Nyamandlovu narrated how his wife Sithembile Moyo was healed of a mysterious disease which saw maggots growing and dripping from her private parts.
Recounting his wife’s experiences, Mathe said: “When she started complaining of a burning sensation in her privates, we thought it was normal to feel sore, but when we saw maggots dripping from her privates, we were alarmed and quickly visited Prophet Ngwenya.
“After three weeks, the problems stopped and I am happy to say that we also now have a child after she suffered countless miscarriages.”
Prophet Ngwenya said God had the power to answer one’s prayers immediately.
“Mine is not a gospel of prosperity but of faith. These testimonies are part of how our church speaks truth to one another and points to God’s presence in our midst.”
He rounded off his service with more healing sessions for the sick and physically challenged. Prophet Ngwenya has made headlines in both local and foreign media specifically South Africa after it was reported that gospel diva Rebecca Malope consulted him over problems relating to infertility.
It was also reported that one of former SA president Jacob Zuma’s daughters also consulted the famous healer.
Meanwhile, Teenage is not the first local football player to seek divine intervention from a prophet. Early last year, Warriors captain Knowledge Musona consulted popular Nigerian Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, popularly known as TB Joshua after struggling with a recurring knee injury for five years.
(Testimony videos on www.bmetro.co.zw).