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The Rock Has A Warning For PSL Stars

It has become a recurring issue in local football that legends of the game and former PSL stars lose all of their hard-earned money within a few years of retirement. This can happen for many reasons including such as a lack of financial education and unnecessary luxury purchases, but sometimes PSL stars make the right investments and plan for life after football. One such case is former Kaizer Chiefs captain Howard “The Rock” Freese, who got his PhD after retiring from football and has continued working outside of soccer. Speaking on The Big Interview, Freese discussed how he always worried about life after retirement and gives a stern warning to current PSL stars.

“We had a saying at Kaizer Chiefs, that if you played for Chiefs, we’d say ‘Welcome to America’ because the lifestyle as a Chiefs player was very different from one of the smaller teams at the time. And so suddenly you’re taken through this whirlwind of fame, and very few people are able to handle it. So what happens is, when you do play for a team like Chiefs, you forget that there’s a life outside this bubble that you put yourselves in. You get so swept away with all the supporters, the winning of the trophies, the finances that come with it and suddenly you forget what’s happening, that is where the whole problem starts to arise.”

“Almost on a weekly basis, when you pick up the newspapers, whether it can be Sunday Sun or the Sunday World, you’ll read about how our soccer players’ careers have come to an end and they’re unable to cope. If you look at it, the research is telling us that the economic lifespan of a soccer player is only two years after [they retire]. That is bad, really bad because you’re only 30, 35 when your career comes to an end, so what do you do between 35 and say 50 or 60? You’ve got a whole 30 years to live, and then how do you cope with all that?”

Former Chiefs Star Starts UEFA Coaching Journey

Highlands Park midfielder & Premier Soccer League (PSL) veteran Reneilwe Letsholonyane is already planning for life after football and is preparing to start his UEFA B Coaching License through the Scottish Football Association. In doing so, the former Amakhosi star, nicknamed ‘Yeye,’ is following in the footsteps of fellow ex-Bafana Bafana stars Benni McCarthy and Steven Pienaar.

Speaking on SL Radio's 'The Big Interview,' Yeye explained his plans for the near future; “I’m now enrolled with the Scottish FA via an agency in Cape Town. I’ll be doing my online B license next month for five days. And then next year, obviously the days are not yet confirmed (due to the COVID-19 pandemic), [I’ll] finish off the license with the practicals.

"It’s one of those things that I’m doing as well to equip myself with knowledge so that when I decide to retire, I know that whatever position, whatever it is that I want to do, I qualify for that. Not because I played, but because I’ve also got the papers to back me up.”

Yeye discusses his business partnership with former Chiefs teammate Siphiwe Tshabalala, the PSL Restart & much more in his interview with host SL Radio's host, Sloo Phaho.

'I Had To Fight To Get Into Coaching'

Women’s football in South Africa has seen major breakthroughs in recent years, most recently with Banyana Banyana making their World Cup debut in France, but the road to glory has been treacherous.

Former Technical Director of Women's Football at the South African Football Association (SAFA) Fran Hilton-Smith has been the champion of the Women’s game for decades. She spoke to SL Radio about how she had to struggle to get into coaching and earn her coaching qualifications;

“When my playing career drew to an end, I realised there weren’t many [female] coaches. In fact, there were none. So I decided I [wanted] to be a coach. That took me on another very difficult journey because, of course, I was the only woman and the men were a bit averse to that, it was a boy’s club. So I had to fight my way into that as well.

"[I fought my way] into doing FIFA courses in ’93 and then we had a big CAF instructors course in ’94. With much pushing, shoving, jumping up and down and crying, I got into those courses."

The Former Banyana Banyana Coach also spoke to how she earned further respect as a coach; “Once I got in, the guys realised that I could play very well. I was a very fast left-footer, and so they accepted me because of my skill. [These] guys are now big boys, Trott Moloto, Shakes [Mashaba], Computer (Vusi Lamola), the late Ted [Dumitru] were there. That’s how I started coaching.”

'SAFA Has Some Tough Times Ahead' - Neil Tovey

This week South African soccer legend Neil 'Mokoko' Tovey officially left his position as South African Football Association's (SAFA) Technical Director. The National Soccer League (NSL)’s all-time leader in appearances will not be extending his contract, and will be heading home after 5 years in the post. There had been conflicting reports as to why he hasn’t extended, with SAFA spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi blaming Tovey’s health issues. Tovey has now cleared the air on SL Radio’s podcast, 'The Big Interview'.

In his interview, Tovey stated, “I had a five-year contract with SAFA [from] 2015 which ended [at the] end of June. SAFA did offer me a new contract but I felt that it was now time, I’ve been away from my family for five years, it’s now time to come back home and start a new chapter in my life.”

He also cleared the air regarding the rumoured financial issues at South Africa's football governing body, explaining, “Yes we all do know SAFA has some really, really tough times ahead with regards to their finances, but they were very very good to me, they’ve always been good to me and so I’d like to thank SAFA for that.”

“Various Clubs Have Lost Their Sponsors, Including Us” - SuperSport United CEO

As PSL teams prepare for a return to league action, the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt by many clubs across the country. The league itself lost its title sponsor when Absa announced the end of their 13-year partnership with the PSL. At club level, the situation is no different. SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews has confirmed that Engen has pulled out as their official sponsor.

“We’ve seen at club level, various clubs have lost their sponsors, including us. We had a six-year relationship with Engen, they’ve been our team sponsor and given us good funding and good support and all of a sudden we lost that and we haven’t been able to replace it. We’re one of a few clubs that have been hit quite negatively in terms of revenue,” Matthews told SL Radio.

“What that does is it puts a lot of stress in terms of your resources because it’s not possible to go and acquire players in a market where you’re actually required to sell players just to balance the books. There aren’t many sources of revenue open to clubs beyond sponsorship, grants [and] prize money, the rest is all expenses, it’s a tough business,” he continues. In the full interview, Matthews also discussing his team’s ambitions for the remainder of the season.

Looking Back At The PSL’s Absa Era

In the latest edition of The Big Issue, the show where we take a deep dive looking at issues affecting local football, we unpack the PSL’s ‘Absa Era’. Absa have opted not to renew their sponsorship of the Premiership at the end of the 2019/20 season, ending a 16-year relationship, which included three years of the Absa Cup and a further 13 with the Absa Premiership. We look at back at the champions, players & coaches who dominated the era of football.

“We Have To Reach The Final”- Lorenzo Gordinho

Bidvest Wits defender Lorenzo Gordinho remains focused on the Absa Premiership title race and the Nedbank Cup despite the uncertainty surrounding the conclusion of the season. “The most important thing would be for us to win all of our league games to give us the best chance, despite dropping a few points before the lockdown, it’s a journey and there’s still quite a few games to go” he told SL Radio crew.

The former Kaizer Chiefs star also backed ‘The Clever Boys’ to make further progress in the Nedbank Cup, where they were scheduled to face Mamelodi Sundowns in the semi-final stage before the season was postponed. “When it comes to the Nedbank Cup, I think we have to reach the final and hopefully win the trophy”, added the 26 Year Old.

Cole Alexander on Life In Lockdown & Fighting Temptations

Bidvest Wits midfielder Cole Alexander opens up about life in lockdown as the PSL enters its third month of suspension, revealing how the experience has made him appreciative of the opportunities which football has given him. The Clever Boys star also discusses the importance of fighting temptations during quarantine and maintaining his diet.

With his team still in with fighting chance at league glory, mathematically speaking, Alexander details his desire for the Absa Premiership to return as soon as possible. He also reveals how he’s keeping physically & mentally sharp at home, through Bidvest Wits’ home training sessions and SLTV’s Lockdown League.

The former Ajax Cape Town & SuperSport United star also gives his thoughts on the Bundesliga’s recent return, stating that despite the positive signs for other leagues to follow, that “the fans make such a huge difference”, with Matchday 26 of the German leagues having played out ‘behind closed doors’.

The Big Issue: How Can The PSL Find A Solution? (Pt. 2)

In the latest edition of The Big Issue, the show where we take a deep dive looking at issues affecting local football, the PSL’s potential return is investigated. In part 2, we provide updates as to how the Bundesliga hopes to resume their league safely and how French side Amiens have responded to their recent relegation. Now that the PSL & SAFA have made a formal announcement regarding the steps they are taking to decide on a path forward, we once again look at how the 2019/20 season conclusion could play out.

The Big Issue: How Can The PSL Find A Solution? (Pt. 1)

In the latest edition of The Big Issue, the show where we take a deep dive looking at issues affecting local football, the PSL’s potential return is investigated. In part 1, we dissect how Europe’s top leagues have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, from canceling the season to bringing football back despite the obvious risk. With the PSL & SAFA yet to make a formal announcement regarding the resolution of the 2019/20 season, we discuss whether the PSL should try to emulate European leagues.

Former Chiefs & Sundowns Fitness Coach Discusses How Technology Empowers Player During Lockdown

Former Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns & Orlando Pirates fitness coach Elsa Storm discusses how technology is empowering players during the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. She discusses how PSL stars will train from home while the league is suspended, how their mental fortitude will play a central role in how they maintain their fitness and the importance of diet & nutrition on their ability to maintain proper conditioning.

“We Need To Understand What A ‘Youngster’ Is”- Mbazo

Former Bafana Bafana captain Aaron ‘Mbazo’ Mokoena recently joined Swallows FC as their head of scouting and joins SL Radio to discuss his latest venture into youth development. He tells tales from his legendary playing career, which saw him join Bafana Bafana’s most successful side at the age of 17, and explains how his career prepared him for his latest vision of discovering Mzansi’s next all-time great.

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