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Arendse beats 'oldest' record

Andrew Arendse the oldest player to feature in South African PSL

Posted: 2 May 2013 Time: 1:53 pm

Andre Arendse last night became the oldest player to ever play in the modern-day PSL when he came out of retirement to help Bidvest Wits to a 2-1 victory over University of Pretoria last night.

In taking to the field, Arendse overtook Bruce Grobbelaar, who played for Hellenic aged 44, against Kaizer Chiefs, in 2002.

MATCH REPORT: University of Pretoria 1 Bidvest Wits 2

Arendse stretched that record to 45 years, 10 months and four days after being forced to come out of retirement owing to a spate of injuries at Wits.

The lanky Arendse is actually older than six PSL coaches, namely Craig Rosslee, Abel Makhubele, Clinton Larsen, Steve Komphela, Manqoba Mngqithi and Steve Barker.

It has been four years since Arendse last did duty in the professional ranks, playing his ‘last’ match in the colours of SuperSport United on May 9, 2009 in the season’s last match against Santos, keeping a clean-sheet as the former Bafana Bafana keeper won his second League medal with Matsatsantsa.

Arendse’s job at Wits is goalkeeper coach, but with the club’s four goalkeepers – Emille Baron, Ryan Harrison, Steven Hoffman and Jackson Mabokgwane – all injured, he has had to bring himself back into the fold as the only other keeper registered by the club was 17-year-old schoolboy Jethren Barr.

Barr was thrown into the lion’s den last week when he replaced the injured Baron in injury-time, only to then concede the solitary goal that made the difference against Pirates.

With the goalkeeping crisis that has befallen Wits, the club has been forced to sign 35-year-old keeper Tyron Damons as cover. He was on the bench last night.

Arendse – who made his professional debut in the NSL era in 1991 while at Cape Town Spurs – also won 67 caps for Bafana.

Kaizer Chiefs’ reserve goalkeeper Arthur Bartman – who is 41 years and two months old – has spent the past few years sitting comfortable as the oldest player still active in the PSL.

Hans Vonk also played past his 41st birthday before retiring at the end of the season (2010-11) when he was five months past his 41st birthday.

Article by: Lovemore Moyo

Previous comments on this story...

TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 01:58 pm
Kaizer Chiefs’ reserve goalkeeper Arthur Bartman – who is 41 years and two months old – has spent the past few years sitting comfortable as the oldest player still active in the PSL.

has ALSO spent the past few years beating woman and dogs, how can a person practice ball distribution with a dog.
BHACAJUJU IN FULL SWING!!!
posted: 01:59 pm
Living legend #respect
El Kampion
posted: 02:09 pm
Mara King....hahahahaha
beaver
posted: 02:15 pm
@King
has ALSO spent the past few years beating woman and dogs, how can a person practice ball distribution with a dog.
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funniest thing i have heard all week. Second to some club hoping to be crowned champions, only to be thrashed...that was funny!
SlowPoison22
posted: 02:19 pm
I SALUTE!!!
Ez'kamagebhula*
posted: 02:40 pm
Jah but then what does it say to the young man Barr, will this instill confidence in him. 'cause he(Barr) was supposed to thrown in the deep end for him to be the best!

I thought Arendse was called in to mentor goal-kippers.
Doutie
posted: 03:54 pm
Evn doctor khumalo wil cme n help kc strkers
Teammate
posted: 04:24 pm
Desperate times call for desperate measures, wanna see Craig Roslee and Clinton Larsen, Steve Barker, Steve Kompela show their players a thing or two on the field, hayi just talking too much. Demonstrations are needed sometime kikikik
CHAMP ROBA ROBS - DANKIE KHOSI
posted: 04:29 pm
Arendse beats Shoes’ record

But you report says nothing about Shoes ??????
Mjobi
posted: 04:47 pm
@BHACAJUJU IN FULL SWING!!!_''Living legend #respect'' indeed!
Marop wa le Downs
posted: 07:40 pm
“Ikikikiki. Silly king as usual. Konje who is that guy who kaks on King and makes him vanish all week? Loool hÀhaha#good one kiñg#
mthiza
posted: 08:22 pm
He love soccer tomuch keep it up.
Tico MP
posted: 08:27 am
bartman will make his own history of being the oldest ot wear the league medal
Tico MP
posted: 08:28 am
bartman will make his own history of being the oldest ot wear the league medal
cmash
posted: 01:04 pm
manyisa is the oldest player in the psl.
Clever boys
posted: 01:32 am
Guys stop adding your useless comment on our stories. This is about Wits.
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