It is often said that age ain’t nothing but a number, but there comes a time when players should quit while they are ahead. runs the rule over those who need to hang up their boots – now
Some are no longer contributing to their clubs but still draw salaries. If it were not for the money, these players would have retired a while ago. Others stick around because they simply love it or have nothing else to do. Although hanging up their boots might be the last thing any of them are contemplating, this is a sad list of players who were once great and some who never were, but they all share one thing: they need to retire while they still have an ounce of dignity left.
The veteran goalkeeper has had a long and solid career here and abroad. He will go down as one of the all-time great servants of the game. However, he rarely sees playing time any more and is a shell of his former self. The last time Fernández played was for Bidvest Wits in September.
His days at Orlando Pirates have been glorious, lifting a double treble in two consecutive seasons. But one can’t still picture him running up and down the field. He is just too old to keep up with the pace and age is no longer on his side. If Lekgwathi wants to keep his legacy intact, it’s best for him to retire now.
His is a good story. He defied the odds to bounce back after two careerthreatening knee injuries. But Mhlongo needs to give up on football. He is a motor mechanic in his spare time. Maybe he should pursue that further. He tried to resurrect his career with Polokwane City, but made only 12 appearances. He occasionally showed some flashes of brilliance, but seemingly no longer has it.
Just four appearances for City last season is not good enough for a veteran of Ngwepe’s distinction. There are too many signs that he should call it a day and enjoy retirement.
Although Tuks have extended his contract by yet another season, Monyai needs to start planning for his future off the field. Age has caught up with him. He has been exceptional for AmaTuks and surely they will look after him beyond his playing days.
It was quite surprising to see the 35-year-old midfielder still huffing and puffing at Sundowns’ training sessions recently. But honestly,