Businessman Cloete weighs up playing future


Since the expiry of his contract at Chippa United at the end of last season, Cloete has been completely out of action while spending time at home in the Northern Cape.

“At the moment I am busy with my business interests in the construction and transport business here in Upington,” he tells

“Truth of the matter is, I haven’t been looking for a club all along. I haven’t retired as yet, but I thought that after having been away for so long, I would come back home and be hands-on in the interests that I have here.

"My mom also hasn’t been feeling too well. I am yet to make a conclusive decision about retiring, but I will see what happens when the season ends.”

As the only footballer from Upington to have played over a decade in the PSL in a career that started off at Santos, before going on to Free State Stars, Orlando Pirates, Maritzburg United, Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa, the 34-year-old says his focus is now on the community.

“I really want to have a helping hand in the area because my wish is to see other players from here coming up the ranks and playing in the PSL,” he says. “I see myself as an ambassador for this area and it is for that reason that I have never wanted to get attached to one particular team.

“The plan for me has always been to uplift the community which is why I have had the tournament that I run along with other community upliftment projects.”