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Forgotten Downs star pleads for one last chance

Wayne Arendse, a former Mamelodi Sundowns player, is begging for a final chance to play in the DStv Premiership at the age of 37.


Arendse believes he has past the point in his career where he is pursuing money and now simply wants to pass on his expertise and experience to younger players.


Since parting ties with Sundowns in November 2020, the CAF Champions League winner has been without a team.


"I'm not hanging up my boots just yet," Arendse tells KickOff. "I still want to play because I feel good."


"Obviously, I'm attempting to chat with a few people, but nothing concrete, since at the end of the day, all I want to do is pass on my expertise to whoever team approaches me."


"Hopefully, something comes up, and we'll see what happens," says the narrator.


When it comes to finding a new contract at a top-flight team, Arednse thinks that money isn't a concern.


"You're aware that the moment for me to make money is passed. It's not about the money because, in my opinion, whichever team is interested should simply make an offer and move forward.


"Because, at this point, it's just about playing, trying to help a club, helping the players who are already there; it's just about playing and having fun for me.


"It's not about the money I've made over the course of my career.


"For me, it's just the age aspect; it's South African football's Achilles heel; once players reach the age of 33, clubs begin to back away.


"But we had Nomvete, Vuyo Mere is still playing, Thiago Silva is still playing for Chelsea at 37, and Ronaldo is still playing for Real Madrid at 37."


"It's the same with Shabba (Siphiwe Tshabalala); I believe he won man of the match in his previous game, and the guy is trying to find a team simply because he's 37."


https://www.kickoff.com/news/articles/south-africa-news/categories/news/premiership/forgotten-sundowns-star-pleads-for-final-chance-at-sealing-playing-contract/711846

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