In a case of football banter gone wrong, a Beitbridge man narrowly escaped death after he was stabbed in the stomach with a knife by his colleague while discussing Arsenal Football Club’s performance.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the near-fatal stabbing incident occurred on 9 April 2024.
That was the day Arsenal hosted Bayern Munich in North London in a UEFA Champions League quarter-final match that ended 2-2.

It is alleged that Meluleki Ndlovu (40) met the complainant who was returning home from his brother’s residence, presumably to watch the match.
The two reportedly engaged in a discussion about Arsenal which subsequently degenerated into a dispute.

Ndlovu allegedly insulted the complainant, before stabbing him in the stomach with a knife. He then fled from the scene.
Ndlovu was subsequently arrested and arraigned before the Beitbridge Magistrates’ Court on attempted murder charges.
The case was postponed to 26 April 2024.

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