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Ithier reveals how Pirates missed out

Previous cop Jean-Marc Ithier has uncovered why he never went along with one of South Africa's huge three of Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns notwithstanding his productive scoring ability. 

Ithier showed up in Mzansi in 1999 from Mauritius to join Santos FC after he had dazzled in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Bafana. 

Amazingly, Ithier was at that point 34 when he joined Santos yet still proceeded to score 71 objectives in 203 beginnings for the Cape Town club prior to resigning not long before he turned 41 of every 2006. 

He stays perhaps the most fascinating accounts of unfamiliar players who came to play football in the PSL, and uncovers why he never went along with one of the huge three groups. 

"My first occupation was as a cop," the 55-year-old tells KickOff.com in an elite meeting as he discloses how he went to the country. 

"I went for police preparing in Mauritius and that is the place where I began playing for a police group. They had a group in the primary division class there. At the point when I left the police that is the point at which I joined a semi-professional club, Sunrise FC. 

"I procured roughly R4 000 in the event that I convert it into rands. I at that point played for the Mauritius public group and after a game that we played against Bafana that is when Santos were searching for a striker. And afterward they saw me against Bafana in 1998 and I came here in 1999. 

"In my first season I got a proposal from Joburg, from huge clubs there. In any case, at that point it was a test for me on the grounds that to move from Mauritius to Cape Town in any case was hard on the grounds that I was hitched with two little youngsters. It was somewhat of a danger moving from Mauritius to Cape Town. 

"The children were minuscule and extremely youthful. I intend to move them again after one season from Cape Town to Joburg, I would not like to face that challenge of moving school, moving the entire family. So that was the primary motivation behind why I would not like to move away from Cape Town once more. 

"A couple of specialists were revealing to me that enormous clubs in Joburg were searching for a goalscorer. So I think Pirates was one of them, as indicated by that specialist who reached me. Obviously when you score objectives everyone needs you, right?" 

Ithier, who assisted Santos with winning the BobSave SuperBowl with Clive Barker, the PSL title under Gordon Igesund, just as the BP Top 8 and an Absa Cup with Boebie Solomons in charge says his knowledge is the thing that set him apart from his companions. 

"Truly I wasn't the snappiest however I think the insight of play and the speed of thought and the expectation of the game, that is the thing that I was generally excellent at," he says. 

"I resigned in 2006 and trained Santos until 2010/11, around there. Around then I was 40 turning 41." 

Today the Cape Town-based previous football star works in the travel industry to put food on the table, and furthermore runs his own football institute. 

"We have ourselves a travel industry organization, fundamentally she [my wife] oversees it, she began it while I was all the while playing and afterward it developed into a major business. Presently we have a guesthouse and everything. Else me, I have a soccer institute running."

Source: Soccer Laduma

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