Former Moyale Barracks stopper Charles Sikwewa, who is also known in football circles as Chenga, became a babysitter earlier this week after his wife dumped him and their one-year old child apparently for another man.
Sikwewa himself, with the baby in his hands, confirmed the development in a one-on-one interview adding that the couple even exchanged blows after he noticed that he has been deceived.
"Make Wise [as the wife is popularly known but whose real name is Chenga Bridget Kazembe] told me she was going to a wedding within her residential area [Salisbury Lines] on Sunday but she actually went to a show at Mzuzu Hotel," said Sikwewa on Monday.
"She never returned and when I went there in the evening I was told that in actual sense she had gone to the show and had proceeded to a bar at Old Town with a man, a popular fish monger in town [name withheld].
"I went there and found her on the dance floor with the said man dancing to a tune which roughly says my darling my love for you is gone, and I have since found another love."
Sikwewa, who himself resides in Chiputula and could not explain why they reside in different locations, said he asked the wife to go home for the sake of the child but she refused.
"Instead of going home, she hit me on the forehead with a bottle," he said while pointing at the cut occasioned by the bottle and adding: "I responded by giving her a barrage of punches which sent her to the floor. She feigned unconsciousness to draw attention and I was encouraged to leave.
"By the grace of God, I found myself around Chibavi today and noticed that the baby, who hasn't started walking yet, was being forced to walk in the streets. I just grabbed the baby and this is the responsibility she has left me with."
He further alleged that his wife has hired roughnecks to maim him so he no longer plays football, adding that he got some three slaps on the day he gave the interview from a man he said confronted him while saying he was being slapped for the misery he caused the wife while at the bar the previous day.
Several attempts to get the woman's side of the story proved futile because the number Sikwewa gave as hers could not be reached each time it was dialled.