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Makhoane speaks on early retirement

Leemisa Thuseho

FORMER Matlama goalkeeper Kananelo Makhoane has finally lifted the lid on why he quit football earlier this month.

The former Lioli and Likhopo goalie wrote to Matlama revealing his decision to retire from competitive football a fortnight ago.

Makhoane joined Matlama in 2018 from Lioli but failed to establish himself at Tse Putsoa as the in-form Monahaneng Ramalefane cemented his place as the side’s first choice goalkeeper.

The 28-year-old had joined Lioli in 2015 from Likhopo where his career started.

Makhoane told the Sunday Express yesterday that he feels he has done enough as a footballer.

“I think I have done enough and it is time to give others a chance,” Makhoane said.

“I want to rest my mind and focus on other things in life. As for now, I don’t think I will return to football but no one knows what the future holds.”

Having played for some of the biggest teams in the country and also playing for the different national teams, Makhoane says he is happy with what he has achieved.

However, the only regret that he has is failing to make money out of football,

“I am happy with all that I have achieved as far as playing soccer is concerned. The only thing I failed to do is to make money out of my talent.”

Makhoane urged upcoming soccer players to make the most out of their opportunities.

“While still enjoying their playing days, I advise players to apply more effort and utilise the opportunities they come across. It is not easy to foresee how long one’s career will take and some end up believing that they will play football forever of which that is not the case… In some instances, I also think O could have utilised the opportunities that came my way during my playing days.

“Based on the fact that our leagues is regarded as amateurish, I would advise other players to consider pursuing their academic studies while also playing football,” Makhoane added.

While he does not wish to return to playing football, Makhoane hopes to one day get into football administration.

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