Former Kaizer Chiefs winger Abia Nale insists he has not called it quits in his football career and he’s still hoping for a return to play professionally.
Nale was last in the books of Platinum Stars (now Cape Umoya United) in 2018.
The 34-year-old tells FARPost he decided to take a break from football to focus on his studies but is hoping to play for two more years.
“No, I haven’t retired,” said Nale.
“I am not playing now but I am keeping busy with my boys’ academy, but I am not yet retired,” Nale insisted.
“It’s been three or four years now since I have contacted anyone regarding playing so I just want to get fit again and see if maybe I can play one or two more years. But currently I am not talking to anyone, I have not even gone to look for something,” he said.
The former Golden Arrows player has been busy with a family football academy (Nale Football Academy) which is based in Vanderbijlpark.
“I miss football a lot now that I am watching soccer, because I have not been watching soccer. So now that I am watching, I miss playing a lot, you can see that there is a lot that you need to pass to these youngsters. Some knowledge and see what they can learn, but I miss football a lot.
“I had to focus on my studies. I also needed to take a break because it was a long journey and not a peaceful one so I needed to relax a bit and see if I am still passionate about soccer. It was a tough one not being home and family you know, I missed my family and I wanted to be with my kids and my wife,” added Nale.
During his break away from football, Nale was studying for a diploma in Property Investment and Management with the University of Cape Town.
He also has a diploma in Sports Management and Project Management.
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By Ofhani Munyai