While some of his peers hanged up their boots post the age of 30, former Bafana Bafana midfielder Richard Rantjie admits that he left the professional football scenes too early but enjoys his new calling.
The Transnet School of Excellent product called it quits at the age of 29 (2012) while in the books of Persita (Indonesia).
He started his career at the age of 17 and went on to play for the likes of SuperSport United, Bidvest Wits, Mpumalanga Black Aces (now Cape Town City) and represented South Africa in the U17/20/23 as well as the senior national team.
This includes 3 Leagues titles and an SAA Supa 8 (now MTN 8) title with Matsatsantsa.
“I didn’t have a clearance with me when I came back from Indonesia in 2012 so meaning I couldn’t sign to any team of my choice so the delay of releasing my clearance was frustrating me and I personally felt that is the end of my soccer playing career”
Speaking exclusively to FARPost.co.za, the 34-year-old says he does not regret retiring at such an early age and has just taken his talent to the next level.
“Yah I retired at a young age of which is something that I don’t regret in Life” he said.
“God gave me that opportunity to show my skills and I have taken in to the next level where by I am helping the kids in the community and I am willing to give these youngsters who have not gotten a chance to the next level”
“With my career it was short but I enjoyed it. I have won Leagues, young player of the season and all that so I am very impressed with the effort I have put during my soccer career” he said.
Rantjie currently holds a SAFA C License Coaching Certificate and is head coach of North West ABC Motsepe League side Stilfontein Real Hearts.
By Ofhani Munyai