The oldest player in the DStv Premiership is in line to continue playing topflight football following his return to his employers for the new season.
Veteran winger Elias 'Dominguez' Pelembe is preparing for his sixteenth season playing in South Africa after being requested by Royal AM to report for pre-season training.
An additional option of a further year on Pelembe's deal is set to be exercised by the club with effect from July 1.
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That extension will mean Pelembe will be five months away from his 40th birthday by the time his contract expires next year in June.
The Mozambican joined Royal AM at the beginning of last season and is set to travel for the club’s pre-season camp in Pretoria.
Despite his limited game time last season which saw him feature in just six matches his influence and professional conduct continue to be commended.
Royal AM will play in the CAF Confederation Cup this season and Pelembe’s experience on the continent will be called upon.
Pelembe is still captain of the Mozambique national team ahead of Atletico Madrid left-back Reinildo Mandava while winning 97 international caps.
Pelembe has featured for SuperSport United, Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits and Polokwane City in a decorated spell in the DStv Premiership.
Other experienced campaigners set to continue next season include Vuyo Mere, Kennedy Mweene, Denis Onyango, Lindokuhle Mbatha, Washington Arubi, Onismor Bhasera, Hugo Marques and Mpho Makola.