Khuboni wants to retire at Arrows


Former Golden Arrows central midfielder Thanduyise Khuboni who currently plays for GWP Friends in the ABC Motsepe KwaZulu Natal League has expressed his dream of hanging up his boots at Abafana Bes’thende.

‘Gonondo’ as Khuboni is affectionately known in football circles spent eight years at Arrows where he featured 196 times, scoring 16 goals.

The 36-year-old midfielder is still going strong as he looks to help his side gain promotion to the GladAfrica Championship this season.

“To be honest my wish has always been to retire at Golden Arrows, even if I play one season, that’s where I started my football career,” Khuboni told FARPost.

“I’ve always had that wish, that wherever I go but at the end I wanted to retire at Arrows, where it all started for me.

“But you know football it may not happen as I wished. I won’t lie to you and say there are other teams that want me in the PSL, there has not been any contact from any professional team,” Khuboni explained.

“I am thinking this could be my last season or I’ll play my last season next season, it will depend on how we finish with the team this season,” he continued.

“The main aim this season is to win promotion to the GladAfrica Championship, maybe it might be my last season or I can become part of the technical team here at Friends.

“But obviously that deal will depend on the coach (Sheldon Roux), if he wants me to play or he wants me next to him on the bench.

“He is a very good coach and he is open to ideas, because I remember this other time he told me that he is preparing me to coach one day,” adds Khuboni.

“About coaching I’m not sure, I’m not an outspoken person, I’m shy I’m really not sure about that.

“It’s something I could see when that time comes, like Philani Shange is a shy person but Papi (Zothwane) brought him to his technical team.

“I might also work with someone but I don’t see myself being a head coach one day, it’s not in my plans at all,” Khuboni concluded.

By Wonga Sirayi

FARPost’s KZN Reporter