There is something wrong with our football body in the country, and the world. This problem is not only in Mzansi. The South African Football Association (SAFA), the PSL and PSL teams needs to come up with a plan, for the professional footballers. This players needs workshop on how to save and survive life after football, they need to insure their careers.
This is the case of former Bloemfontein Celtics legend, Willem Vries. The 54 year old midfielder Vries, is holding an unbreakable record of 306 appearances in Celtic, but he has nothing to show of his professional play. Vries currently works as a gardner. The man is so broke that he can't afford a television set to watch games, his life is miserable.
There is no quarantee in football game, an injury or illness can end you career at any time. Life after football for former professional football players in the country is heart breaking. There is a tendency of going broke, many of this players fail dismally to plan their survival after the game. The worst part is, even now the youngsters in the football repeat the same mistakes.
About 80% of professional footballers, go broke after a year of retiring from football. The average career of a professional footballer is 10 to 15 years of play, but the footballers spent on wasteful expenditures during this periods.
Willem Vries is not the only player, even those who went to play abroad come back and retire with nothing to show. In the Premiere Soccer League there is a union for players, it was formed by former Pirates an Bafana Bafana captain John Moeti, but it seems that union has disappeared. The Union was supposed to assist players in planning for life after football, and employer- employee relations.
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