Dylin Pillay now in construction


Former AmaZulu, Manning Rangers and South Africa youth international Dylin Pillay is this week's Throwback Thursday.

Pillay retired from playing football at the age of 29 after sustaining an Achilles injury at Nathi Lions FC during the 2008/09 season.

The skilful attacker also played for American A League team Seattle Sounders at the age of 21 back in 2001.

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Now 39, Pillay says he enjoyed his football at Usuthu but earned the most money at Sounders, where he walked away with a $4 000 every month.

"At that time at AmaZulu we were playing under Clive Barker and it was such a privilege to play for him, and the team were like brothers," he recalls to KickOff.com.

"I was one of the youngest players and a lot of the senior players really looked after me. Your Warren Lewis, Wonder Ngcoya, Francois Shonai, Kamaal Sait, Tshepo Ntsoane... they were really good professionals. I learnt a lot from those guys."

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Today the former footballer owns a construction company called Select Construction with his brother.

"Currently I'm a part-owner of a construction company in partnership with my brother. The day-to-day running of the business," he reveals.

Pillay is a married man with four kids, and his wife works as a manager at an insurance company. He lists Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu as his favourite teams in the PSL.

"I'm more responsible and appreciative, and don't take things for granted. I have become a family man and spend a lot of time with my kids."

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