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Former highest goal scorer arrested for rape

Former Highlanders FC striker Njabulo “Tshiki” Ncube has been arrested for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl on multiple occasions at his house in Bulawayo’s Cowdray Park suburb, Zimbabwe.

Ncube, the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League’s 2013 top goal scorer, is alleged to have sexually abused the minor, since June this year. However, he was arrested for the alleged crime on Tuesday and is expected to appear in court soon.

Sources said the abuse came to light after the teenager reported the sexual assault to the police leading to Ncube’s arrest.

“He has been sleeping with the child since June. He is said to have been using protection in all the encounters,” said the source.

Acting Bulawayo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the arrest, saying investigations were underway, Nehanda Radio reported.

He said Ncube, who was in custody yesterday afternoon, was assisting police with investigations. Ncube, a prolific striker in his heydays, was a soccer star finalist in 2013, had stints with FC Platinum, the now defunct Railstars FC and Motor Action FC.

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