I feel like I am 21 – Birthday Boy Jabu Maluleke

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One of South Africa’s exceptional football players Jabulani Maluleke turns a year old today. Maluleke is celebrating his 38th birthday and remains one of SA’s longest serving football players spanning a career of 18 years.

FARPost.co.za visited the Polokwane City captain at the clubs training session this morning to reflect on his career that started at Dynamos FC.

“I feel blessed and I thank the lord for the day I was born and for keeping me until this day” said Maluleke.

“Discipline, dedication and the love that I have for the game has kept me going each and every day when I come into training thinking of where I come from because it has not been an easy journey to be where I am today since the days of Dynamos” said Maluleke who has been called up to Bafana 3 times but never played a single match.

“Yah it has been a long Journey a bit of a rough patch a d also good memories but at the moment I am focusing on the good memories because the game has been well for me and it has treated me good” he said

On how far he would like to keep playing football, this is what the Soweto born had to say.

“I am taking it season by season and we will see how far it goes. So far I am feeling fresh like I am 21 so the day I feel like you don’t want to wake up anymore, you don’t want to go to training that’s the day you should hang up your boots but at the moment if I wake up with a smile on myself looking forward to training and games I feel I am still fresh” added Maluleke who received his only PSL award last year October (player of the month).

“If I can tell you a joke; back then when I was at SuperSport United I was discussing with Sibusiso Zuma, I was honoured to play and share the dressing room with him. So back then I think he was 38 and I told him that one day I will reach 38 (playing football) and here we are today” he said.

Maluleke has played for Dynamos, Dangerous Darkies, Black Leopards and SuperSport United before joining Polokwane City in 2014.

He has played over 184 matches for Rise and Shine in all competitions and over 343 Premier Soccer League matches under his belt.

By Ofhani Munyai

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