It happens a lot, but does being over 30 mean you are not able to deliver on the pitch? Certainly not.
In an interview with KICK OFF Magazine recently, SuperSport United midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane said: “I will decide when I want to retire. No one will tell me to retire because I am 36 years old. And that’s how it should be.”
Former Polokwane City defender Thabiso Semenya, who is without a club at the moment, also had a say on the matter.
“Look at Jabulani Maluleke. He is doing wonders for Polokwane City. Are you going to say because he is 36 he should not play anymore? It does not make sense. Look at Cristiano Ronaldo. He is over 30 and he is still breaking records. So why don’t they say Ronaldo is old? In South Africa we check the age first, not what you are doing on the pitch.”
With this in mind, KickOff.com gives you players who are performing well over the age of 30. They are proving that age is just a number.
Reneilwe Letsholonyane (36)
It’s still amazing how Kaizer Chiefs were able to let Letsholonyane go so easily, but SuperSport United certainly won’t complain because the midfielder just keeps performing well. To this day, Chiefs have not been able to find a box-to-box midfielder who matches the qualities 'Yeye' has.
Jabulani Maluleke (36)
The Polokwane City captain is one of the most consistent players in the league and his quality can never be questioned. Despite finishing the last season with 12 league assists and 14 in all competitions, he was not considered for the Absa Premiership Midfielder of the Season award. This season he has one goal in four appearances.
Rooi Mahamutsa (36)
Mahamutsa has made two appearances for Free State Stars this season, proving he still has a lot in his tank. Last season he was one of their best performers, as he revived his career after being released by Orlando Pirates.
Morgan Gould (35)
When he left Chiefs, many thought it was the end of the road for Gould. But he returned to SuperSport in 2016/17 and won the club’s Player of the Season award, proving he has a lot to offer. He has played six matches in all competitions so far this season, helping Matsatsantsa reach the MTN8 final.
Teko Modise (35)
He may not have a goal or an assist in his three appearances so far this season, but Modise does a very good job in the deep lying playmaker role whenever he is available for the Citizens. The ‘General’ has struggled with injury since joining the club last season, but he has still done enough to show that he has a lot to offer. Last season he made 23 appearances in all competitions, finishing the campaign with one goal and two assists.
Clayton Daniels (34)
The former Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns defender has not missed any of Matsatsantsa’s matches this season. In the seven matches he has been involved in, SuperSport have kept three clean sheets.
Paulus Masehe (34)
The midfield workhorse, who has over 300 appearances for Stars, keeps on performing like a youngster for Ea Lla Koto. He has one assist in five appearances this term.
Letladi Madubanya (34)
The Baroka FC captain has played every minute so far this season. Moved from central midfield to centre-back last season, the former Bidvest Wits and SuperSport United has just shown how much quality he has. He has also shown that he can keep up with the younger ones.
Bevan Fransman (34)
The Highlands Park defender had a fantastic season last term with Maritzburg United, before making a move up north to Gauteng. He has played two matches for the Lions of the North this season and can still offer them a lot going forward.
Hlompho Kekana (33)
Despite loads of competition in midfield, Kekana remains one of coach Pitso Mosimane’s key players at Mamelodi Sundowns.
Kurt Lentjies (33)
The midfielder has been one of Chippa United’s top performers, despite a difficult start to the campaign. In the four matches he has played so far, Lentjies has found the back of the net once. Last season he had three goals and two assists in 25 matches.
Daine Klate (33)
One of the PSL’s most decorated footballers has made a decent start to life with the Chilli Boys, providing one assist in his four matches so far. A lot is expected of Klate at Chippa, but he certainly has what it takes to deliver.
Goodman Dlamini (33)
Free State Stars’ Nedbank Cup hero has started the new season extremely well, with two goals in five appearances. Despite being 33, he has loads of pace. Last season the winger finished the campaign five goals in 27 appearances.
* Please note that this list excludes goalkeepers and players under the age of 33.