Booth: I wanted to end on a high


The 37-year-old defender called time on his 20-year career today after one season with Bidvest Wits, where he made 19 League appearances and scored one goal.

“I felt I had a good season at Wits, but I did spend more time on the bench then I wanted too and I didn’t want to accept the one-year extension and sit on the bench,” he tells

“I wanted to go out having contributed to the team, so I thought this was the time to end and not have a poor season and not contribute anymore.”

Booth says he already has a lot lined up for a life after football.

“I have already started a clinic for my trust where I’m involving ex-footballers. I’m also going to do TV work for the SABC during the World Cup, and I have registered at UNISA (University of South Africa) to study BA.

“It’s important for me to give back to the football community after they supported me for so many years.”

Booth made his debut in 1996 with Cape Town Spurs. After a spell at Sundowns he went to England, before a lengthy stint in Russia. He returned to Sundowns and also played for Ajax Cape Town.