Former Bafana star Kagisho Dikgacoi addresses divorce reports

Former Crystal Palace, Fulham and Bafana Bafana player Kagisho Dikgacoi has dispelled rumours of a divorce from his wife, Carina McKechnie.

The retired footballer told TshisaLIVE that he feels violated by the social media claims about his marriage.


Further explaining, the former Golden Arrows midfielder said him and McKechnie have had to live apart, as a work opportunity arose for her in England. However, their marriage is still growing strong.

“My wife and I are still married, it’s just an opportunity came through for her to work in England. She’s a hard worker, and not a single day will pass without talking to her and our kids. I’m still adjusting to her absence at our home, and social media followers aren’t making things easy.

“I’m violated by the remarks, but what can I say, what’s in the social media is out of my control. My marriage is intact, from time to time I go to visit my family in England.

“The rumours aren’t new to me, but like I said I’m busy, and some people noticed that my wife has been missing in the picture, and they concluded that we’re done as a couple,” he continued.

Dikgacoi and his wife met in England, during the peak of his football career. Besides his spells in the English Premier League for Fulham and Crystal Palace, he also played for Cardiff City.

According to Soccer Laduma, the couple tied the knot in 2016 in a secret traditional wedding in the Kingdom of Eswatini.

Their luxury wedding ceremony was attended by A-list celebrities such as Cassper Nyovest, Major League, Mi Casa and Siphiwe Tshabalala.

Dikgacoi – who famously provided an assist to Siphiwe Tshabalala’s iconic goal against Mexico in the opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup – has two children with his wife.

After retiring in 2018, the ex-soccer player launched a clothing brand called International Sports Apparel Design Institute (IsaDi), which supplies football kits, tracksuits and golf shirts – SowetanLIVE reported. IsaDi currently sponsors kits for several ABC Motsepe League teams and FC City Lads Ladies in the Hollywoodbets Super League.

Speaking to Sunday World in March this year, he revealed he is working on completing his CAF C license. This after earning the CAF D and English FA Scouting license recently.

In addition, he shared that is launching the Kagisho Dikgacoi Academy of Excellence.

“I am excited to announce that I will finally be launching my football academy. It will be launched in Bloemfontein on the 27th of April.

“The aim of the academy is to try to produce and expose as much talent as we possibly can in Bloem. Also nationally, and hopefully internationally too. This is by offering them all the basics and techniques.

“And also, we want to try and bring back that football excitement to the people of Bloem. As we all know what happened with Bloemfontein Celtics [now defunct],” he said.