I’m not yet ready to retire – Masilela

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AmaZulu defender Tsepo Masilela says he’s not yet ready to retire.

Masilela’s contract with ‘Usuthu’ is set to expire next month and he is hoping to get a new deal with the Durban-based club. He joined AmaZulu in November last year.

The 35 -year-old made 8 appearances for Amazulu this season.

“I remember reading an interview by Robin van Persie where he talked about the uncertainty of football,” said Masilela, as quoted on Daily Sun.

“You can plan to play for six years at a particular team, but anything can happen in football. The club may decide not to renew your contract. You can get injured. Look, even (SuperSport United captain) Dean Furman is moving back to the UK.”

The former Maccabi Haifa left back who won two League titles with Kaizer Chiefs is not yet considering retiring from professional football.

FIFA has suggested that contracts for players and coaches should be extended until the end of the delayed domestic season.

“Family is also involved. It’s tough to plan when exactly one is going to retire. Football is a tough career,” said Masilela.

“Some players disappear after two seasons and people wonder what happened to them. But I haven’t thought about retirement.”

Masilela has admitted the state of affairs of Covid-19 could make his situation worse since his contract is expiring next month.

“The aim was just to play again, help the team where I can because they have given me a chance, and will see what happens when the contract ends,” he explained.

“Unfortunately, now it’s a different story altogether with the pandemic. We don’t know what the next step is with contracts ending soon.”

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