Why Pelembe is now into 15th PSL season

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How Elias Pelembe is keeping the fire burning in professional football has been explained by fellow Mozambican Manuel 'Tico-Tico' Bucuane.

Pelembe – who turns 38 in November – is now in the books of Royal AM for whom he made his debut over the weekend lasting an hour against Swallows after having also featured in the KwaZulu-Natal Premiers Cup earlier in the month before the club owners bought the franchise of Bloemfontein Celtic. 

"This is all related to his physique," says the legendary Tico-Tico.

Pelembe was the 2007/08 PSL Player of the Year and is now into his fifteenth year playing in South Africa having been with SuperSport United, Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits and Polokwane City where he spent part of the past season.

"Just how he is built gives him a plus. It helps that he is not a big guy in terms of physique and muscle. This kind of body helps because it doesn’t need a lot of maintenance and power in order to continue playing. You cannot compare him with a heavy guy who has to do a lot more to maintain his body. I wouldn’t talk about his lifestyle because I don’t know how he does it. All I know is what I see of him which is his physique which I feel helps a lot in football. Guys like him should feel lucky that their genes help them last this long in the game," says Tico-Tico who also played until his late 30s.

"Actually, I just found out today via social media that he is now with Royal AM because here in Mozambique we are not so well informed. I played with him in the national team and towards the end of my international we went together to the AFCON finals in Angola. So, he is someone whose abilities I know about without any doubt," says the Mozambican legend who is one of just a few players to ever score over 100 goals while with a PSL club.

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