'SA football needs educated ex-pros'
Posted: 21 June 2018 Time: 18:00
Kaizer Chiefs legend Wellington Manyathi believes South African football would benefit greatly from having educated ex-professionals in the administrative ranks of the PSL and SAFA.
South Africa is littered with ex-pros that are in dire financial straits as they lack qualifications.
And while it was difficult for many footballers of yesteryear to afford tertiary education, Manyathi feels this is no longer the case.
Manyathi, who played for Chiefs from the early 1980s until the mid 90s, before briefly coaching the Glamour Boys in 1997, completed sports management, sports massage and sports assessment studies after hanging up his boots, but would ideally have done so before then.
"Especially in my early days, soccer players weren’t paid the money they earn these days," Manyathi told Chiefs' website.
"This meant I couldn’t afford to study because of finances. I did register though for two courses at Unisa, but I ran out of money and didn’t complete them.
"But these days players earn enough money so they can easily afford to study. I would advise every player to study and get educated business-wise. A lot of players think that their future is now, in the moment.
"However, they forget about the moment when they retire from soccer. That’s when they suddenly realise that they are out of work and out of an income. As a result, a lot of players struggle financially post-career.
"Footballers have to think about the future and this will also be good for South African soccer in general, because if players educate themselves they may in future play a part in the business side of SAFA, PSL or at a club. We need educated ex-players being involved at the highest administration levels of our soccer."