Throwback Thursday: Peter Matshitse

Posted: 12 April 2018 Time: 13:00

Former Moroka Swallows and Kaizer Chiefs defender Peter Matshitse says he struggled to put money aside during his playing days because there was “nothing to save”.

When he was with Amakhosi, the big defender took home R15 000 a month. He joined Chiefs in 2002 from Soweto rivals Swallows, where he played his best football.

The left-footed player, who started out at Orlando Pirates as a youngster, retired at age 32 in 2006, ending his career at Jomo Cosmos.

Matshitse explained how his move to Chiefs came about.

"Guess they [Chiefs] were closely monitoring me while I was playing for Swallows," said Matshitse, who was on the losing side with Amakhosi in the 2002 Coca Cola Cup against Cosmos. 

"Guess that's how the interest came about. My stay at Chiefs was okay, I learnt a lot there."

The 44-year-old, who now survives by coaching football at private schools in Johannesburg, says it was difficult for him to save for rainy days.

"Truly speaking I didn't save any [money]. There was nothing to save,” he said.

"Football did nothing for me after my playing days. I guess we were only good during our playing days. After that you won't even get a cent for your contribution, it's sad."

That said, Matshitse is happy to see that current players are being paid well.

"I think it's good. I think they actually deserve more."

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Article by: Sipho Mlotha

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