Nayaho hangs up Burundi boots


Nahayo joined Aces on a two-year deal last month but is yet to become available for selection as he is still awaiting the completion of his paperwork from Belgium, where he played for KAA Gent.

“I have decided to retire from international football,” Nahayo tells

Nahayo (30) made his debut for Burundi in October 2002 against Bafana Bafana in an Afcon qualifier and his last appearance for his national team was against Botswana in May, in another Afcon qualifier.
“I genuinely felt it is about time I made way for other Burundi players coming through the ranks. These younger guys deserve a chance in the same way that I was also given an opportunity in the national team when I started out back in 2002,” says Nahayo.

“I also feel the travelling will take its toll on me so I would rather put all my focus on my club. I feel I did enough in the national team while I was still playing and now it is time to give my all to my new club. I have just joined a new club and they deserve all my focus.”
Nahayo adds that he is hopeful that his paperwork will be sorted out after the Fifa break.

“I have been told Safa have received the reverse clearance from Belgium so I am hoping that all will be sorted out by the time we play our next game [against Moroka Swallows on October 18],” he says.

Nahayo is being registered as a non-foreigner having acquired South African permanent residency back in 2011 just before he left for Belgium after spending seven years playing for Jomo Cosmos and Kaizer Chiefs.