Football is not a lifelong career and players reaching the end of their playing life have to consider what their lives will look like after they have retired.
For Kaizer Chiefs legend Willard Katsande it involved becoming a business owner.
The 35-year-old Zimbabwean-born player who is currently at Limpopo-based Sekhukhune United opened Katsande Partners, a repair company which offers services such as repair work, painting and hardware solutions.
Katsande, who is widely recognised as a bold and sleek fashionista, has taken major strides in the battle to keep his income flowing after retirement by also launching his own clothing line called “Kitoko”.
Many footballers look at coaching as an opportunity after their playing careers and the Zimbabwean midfielder has not ruled that out.
He would love to return to the Amakhosi in a coaching role, he told Prime Sport.
Several former players saw their money dry up following their career in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
Philemon Masinga was a top player and manager in South African football and even represented Bafana Bafana at the 1998 World Cup, but his mansion was repossessed and he had to move back home with his mother. He passed away in 2019 after suffering from an undisclosed illness.
Thembinkosi Fateni fell into the trap of retirement after enjoying an illustrious career with Ajax Cape Town, Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates. The Bafana Bafana international revealed in 2014 that he was not able to make ends meet.
It is of high importance for all footballers to ensure their lives after football are sustainable and they are able to generate some form of income. While many players have side-hustles they keep in the dark, Katsande showcases his life outside of football on his highly active social media accounts.
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