Jabu inspired by Bhele's longevity


Polokwane City veteran midfielder Jabu Maluleke is inspired by Siyabonga Nomvethe to keep on playing and still enjoy his role as a leader in the team.

The former SuperSport United midfielder is one of the senior players in the Premier Soccer League who is still performing at his best at 37.

Maluleka says seeing players like Nomvethe playing until the age of 41 has motivated him to carry on with his career.

"Looking at Nomvethe's career it's one of those things that keeps me striving to keep on going in this game. The age he's retiring at makes me believe I still have a few years to play professional football," Maluleke tells KickOff.com.

"I don't know how many years I have left but I will look at each season and see if my legs still allow me to carry on and take it from there."

Maluleke believes the game now compared to the old days has changed, and the intelligence of each player is tested in every game. And with his role as a senior player, makes it less hard for his teammates and helps them to always give their best.

"Nowdays the game is much quicker, modern football demands intelligence from us as players, it's not that easy anymore but we have to adjust and I'm really enjoying it," he adds.

"As a senior player I have two roles, to make sure my personal performances are always in standard and to lead as players look up to you to carry them. It keeps you very busy but I can't complain, it's my duty"

Polokwane City had one of their best seasons in the top-flight, finishing in fifth position on the log, and Maluleke believes hard work from former coach Josef Vukusic and his teammates helped them achieve it.

"It was a great season but hectic, we played well and in unity to make sure the team finished in a good position on the log and personally I'm happy with my contribution. It's all about grace from the Almighty, who gives us strength every day to perform at our level best."