After 30 years as a goalkeeper – including a decade with the Phefeni Glamour Boys, the 64-year-old feels he has paid his dues and it is time to make way for fresh legs. “My legs are gone… I’m not young anymore,” Dinkelacker admits to KickOff.com.
“I have been thinking about it for about a year, but I stayed until now because I didn’t want to let my goalkeeping department down. Now I have found a replacement and his name is Dennis Rudel from my hometown in Germany. He used to attend my coaching clinics years ago so I know him well,” he discloses.
“My contract with Chiefs expires at the end of June, but I have an agreement with the club to stay until the end of the year to help Dennis into the system. So I will continue being the head of the goalkeeping department and he will take over gradually,” Dinkelacker says.
Rudel is currently the goalkeeper coach at Germany’s regional League side VFL Wolfsburg II.
Meanwhile, Dinkelacker further explains how he arrived at the decision to quit.
“My grandchild is now eight months old and I have only seen her once, that’s not good and on the other hand my mother is not well. I must look after my family now and also after myself because I’m getting old. I achieved a lot here and I’m happy.
"I’m sure the new goalkeeper coach will do a great job, but management must first approve his appointment. He’s been a goalkeeper coach for five years.”
Dinkelacker first arrived in Naturena in 1999 with Muhsin Ertugral. He has earned praise for nurturing the goalkeeping skills of Brian Baloyi, Rowen Fernandez, Khune and Arthur Bartman throughout his years with the club.