After what looked like a promising career ended prematurely and finding himself in the wilderness, former Kaizer Chiefs defender Tshifhiwa Mmbooi has been given another opportunity to make ends meet.
Mmbooi had been roaming around the dusty streets of Nzhelele in Limpopo for the past 6 years after his career hit rock bottom at the then second division side Dynamos 6 years ago.
But the 36-year-old has now been given a lifeline and was appointed player-assistant coach of Limpopo ABC Motsepe League, Tshakhuma R/O Na Ndilani.
Mmbooi who played for Amakhosi between 2009 and 2011 says he never really retired from football and believes he still has a lot to offer.
“I never really retired. In fact, I feel I just have to give a chance to the young ones and me being on the bench gives them that courage and the experience that I give them in training so that they put it in their game,” Mmbooi told FARPost.co.za.
“I am a player-coach at Tshakhuma TRON where I have found a new home and the boys are willing to learn most of the things from me, so I feel honoured to be part of the team.”
Mmbooi insists he does not have any regrets on how his career prematurely needed at Amakhosi.
“No, sometimes in football it’s like that, most of the people I come across they tell me that this is a short-term career so I don’t regret anything.
“So I just feel everything happens in its own time so there was a reason behind it. The reason I left Chiefs was because Platinum Stars bought my last year at Chiefs, but I got a knee injury that took me out for a long time,” he added.
Mmbooi’s career as a player-coach has started on a wrong footing as his team is in 12th position on the 16-team league after 10 matches.
TRON, who are in their second season, have won 3 games, drawn 2 and lost 5 of their 10 matches.
By Ofhani Munyai