The present-day Bernard Lushozi compared to the man whose game thrived on pinning down the opposition to submission with the presence of his tackles could be discouraging could leave some surprised.
Lushozi was a man who was known to many as an opponent for the way he stamped his authority which at times bordered on brutality through his playing days at Moroka Swallows and Orlando Pirates.
Yet upon KICK OFF visiting him he has softened up living life partially blind yet inspired enough to still pursue his studies.
"I have been working as a principal for the past 17 years because I realise that if I have work in a special school then I have to understand how intellectual disability has been conceptualised," he says in an interview carried in the latest KICK OFF Magazine.
Unfortunately, in the post-football-playing era, Lushozi has had to deal with health-related challenges.
While going through the hardships of divorce from his first wife in 2001 he discovered that he was diabetic.
It then meant management but three years ago it took a turn for the worst when his eyesight started getting blurred, which is one of the symptoms that come with the metabolic disease along with extreme fatigue and weight loss amongst others.
At that time, he was studying for his PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) degree in Education with a special focus on Learning support, Guidance and Counselling.
"My eyes started deteriorating in 2018 when I went for my first consultancy with the optometrist in December of that year. It affected my studies because I was in the second year of my PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) degree and had to ask for my submission dates to be extended and hence it took me five years to do the PhD," says Lushozi in extracts from the interview.
The 57-year-old speaks further on the deterioration of his eyesight, being on sick leave for almost two years, waiting on his fate from the Department of Education, family support and bitterness of life in retirement from ex-players.
The December edition of KICK OFF magazine carries the full interview with the 1995 African Cup of Champions Clubs (now CAF Champions League) winner.