Andrea Fileccia retires, aged 29

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Former Free State Stars and Maritzburg United striker Andrea Fileccia has announced his retirement from football at the age of 29.

Fileccia, who most recently played for Francs Borains in his homeland of Belgium, announced his retirement from the sport on Monday evening and appears set to move into the business world alongside partner Elena Greco.

"Today I leave football for another environment," he shared via his official Facebook account. "A universe where I can reconnect with the true values that make me smile and the joy of life that I had lost since I was 16 when I left the family home to live my childhood dream."

The statement was accompanied by an image of Fileccia and Greco which had been taken from an excerpt of a recent interview with Tribute Magazine, in which the success of their hair and beauty company Mille N'Hair was the focus of attention.

"Congratulations love, for your success, your determination but especially for the woman you are!" he added.

Scroll through the gallery below to see Fileccia's Dream Team

Having started his career in the Feyenoord academy, Fileccia made his professional debut with fellow Dutch side Excelsior in 2010 and made 10 appearances for the club, before later spending two years in the Belgian lower leagues.

He joined Free State Stars in 2014 and was an instant hit, recording six goals and two assists in 18 appearances, earning himself a move to Maritzburg United and sparking discussion that he might one day attain citizenship in South Africa and elect to represent Bafana Bafana.

A serious injury curtailed those hopes, however, although he still went on to score 11 goals in 51 appearances for the Team of Choice, including three in a remarkable Nedbank Cup run in 2018 that saw the club end as runners-up to Stars. 

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