- Reneilwe ‘Yeye’ Letsholonyane says South African players should be judged on their ability not their age
- Yeye backed his former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs teammate Siphiwe Tshabalala to make a success of his shock move to Turkish side BB Erzurumspor
- The 33-year-old Tshabalala signed a two-year deal which Yeye feels proved that older players can still have a massive impact on the game
Siphiwe Tshabalala’s former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs teammate Reneilwe ‘Yeye’ Letsholonyane said South African clubs and supporters could learn an important lesson about age from Tshabalala’s shock transfer to Turkey.
Yeye said Tshabalala’s two-year deal with Turkish club BB Erzurumspor should serve as proof that local club’s and supporters should judge players on their current ability rather than just how old they are.
Yeye said somehow South African clubs had become convinced that once a player reached a certain age that player magically lost their ability to play football at the highest level. Yeye backed his former teammate to make a success of his move to Turkey.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Yeye said Tshabalala’s move to an overseas club was long overdue and should have happened after the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Kickoff.co.za reported that Yeye said the fact that it was a two-year deal proved that the Turkish club had faith in Tshabalala’s ability and was not concerned by his age. He added that it was somewhat sad that a progressive country like South Africa had to learn such a lesson from overseas.
Meanwhile, Tshabalala has opened up about his decision to join BB Erzurumspor after spending the better half of 11 years at Kaizer Chiefs.
Shabba, as he is known to his legions of fans, said told Sport24.com that BB Erzurumspor had been persistent after he had rejected an initial offer. He added that from the first meeting he had felt wanted by the club and that he wanted to join the club.
Tshabalala said he was looking forward to the new challenge and creating new memories with the Turkish side.
Tshabalala signed a two year deal with an option for a third year with the Turkish side.
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