Maritzburg United veteran defender Nazeer Allie has been a consistent performer in South Africa’s top-flight league, the Absa Premiership for 15 years and says focus, humility and discipline are some of the crucial elements to ensure that a footballer has a long-established career.
Allie, who made his Premier Soccer League (PSL) debut back in 2005 in the colours of Ajax Cape Town is only 12 matches way from reaching 300 appearances.
“I look after myself as well as I can. That’s keeping me going so far. It’s about discipline off the field, keeping my body in shape, doing the right things. That contributes to a longer career,” said Allie.
“For me when I get the opportunity, I just try to do the best for the club on the field or to just be there with the team and help them to improve by winning games.
“It’s about contributing to the team’s success and the direction the team wants to go in,” added the former ‘Urban Warriors’ captain and Wits right back.
Allie is still going strong and has been putting in some good performance in defence for ‘The Team of Choice’. He forms part of the solid Maritzburg backline and has played 25 games in all competitions this season.
With 39 points, 10 wins in 24 games and in fifth place on the Absa Premiership log standings, Maritzburg were having a good season before the league was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic and Allie admits it is difficult to train alone and remain motivated with South Africa going into Level 4 lockdown on May 1.
“It’s very difficult because as footballers we are used to training in a group. Now the training is a bit different, we get programs and have to do it individually.
“So, it’s difficult but at least we stay inside and keep safe. So, we have to keep our discipline with that,” said the Cape Town-born player.
“At the start of the season it was a bit tricky because we drew and lost in our first five games, but after that we picked up momentum and started doing well, got some consistency.
“We were in the Telkom Knockout final; we could have won the cup final. But so far, it’s been good, we’ve improved step by step. The break didn’t come at a good time for us because we were on a good run,” concluded Allie.
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By FARPost Reporter