Why Masehe made a U-turn on retirement


It was reported that the 2018/19 season would be the end of a decent career as a professional footballer spanning 18 years for Paulus Masehe.

Indeed, the QwaQwa-born player had called it quits at the end of last season but a terrible start into the GladAfrica Championship by Free State Stars forced the 36-year-old to reconsider his decision.

Speaking to FARPost, Masehe said he was ready to begin a new journey as part of the technical team at Ea Lla Koto but the club still needed his leadership on the field.

“I was ready to retire but the tragedy of relegation caught everyone by surprise because we didn’t know how to deal with it to be honest, as a team,” said Masehe.

“Our previous squad for last season was aging to be honest because we had a lot of players that were over the age of 30 so the management sat us down and said the only way to deal with it is to start afresh and they gave me and coach Themba (Sithole) and Coach Duncan (Lechesa) a task to go for look for new talent and we had to assemble a new team.

“Then after assembling a team we realised that they are inexperienced so they need someone in the field to try and guide them. That’s when they decided that I should play again this season, physically I was still fine and could still compete.”

Masehe played for Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates a striker before being converted to a midfielder at Stars.

“This lockdown gave us time to reflect and I had a moment with myself and asked myself why should I retire before I take back this club to the PSL? I need to try by all means to take this club back to the PSL then from there I can retire, but it is not my decision alone, the management and the technical team will also make that decision but it will be amazing for me because I feel responsible for what happened,” he said.

This is Masehe’s 12th season at the 2018 Nedbank Cup Champions.

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