Maluleke to play until 40?


Polokwane City coach Jozef Vukusic has commented on the future of club captain and midfield stalwart Jabulani Maluleke.

Maluleke has just completed his 14th season as a professional since joining Black Leopards back in 2005, spending just one of these in the First Division in 2008/09.

Despite having recently passed his 37th birthday, the former SuperSport United star has completely defied age, much like current Matsatsantsa midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane, who will also turn 37 next month.

Asked whether the veteran’s future has been decided by the club as yet, Vukusic revealed that, according to his sources, Maluleke would be continuing for at least another four years.

“Jabu Maluleke will play a minimum of four years, from the information I have,” said Vukusic after Saturday’s final day defeat at Orlando Pirates, which had little bearing on their club-record fifth-place finish on the log table.

“And, you know, performance is not a question of age. If he plays on this level, for me, he can play until 50. So, I don’t look at the ages of the players.

“I think the season he’s had, and I know Jabu since eight years ago, and he was a super player then, but this season he’s had a fantastic season.

“He was an influential player in my team, even outside of the field, but especially with his performances. He gave confidence to other players and even [on Saturday], you could see the players who don’t usually play came in and looked for him to bring him into the game.

“I don’t know if you know his statistics, I think he has four goals and 10 assists [Ed note: nine assists] in the league, so he was one of the best players in the league this season – I think.”