On this Throwback Thursday, Briefly.co.za looks at the career of former Kaizer Chiefs player Rene Richards.
Briefly.co.za often pays tribute to a popular football figure on a Throwback Thursday edition and Rene Richards is no exception.
Richards is one of very few footballers to announce his retirement from football prior to the age of 30.
However, that didn't stop him from amassing some important pieces of silverware with Kaizer Chiefs - the Mandela Cup being one of many.
One attribute that stands out about Richards' career is that he only ever featured for two Premier Soccer League clubs.
His first shot at the big leagues came when Kaizer Chiefs scouted him as a 17-year-old playing for Zulu Royals.
KickOFF.com reported that Richards looks back at his time at Chiefs fondly.
He said, "I think I enjoyed my football more at Kaizer Chiefs, but Muhsin Ertugral for me he was a very, very good coach and I learned a lot from him. If you are going to play professional you want to win trophies so that inspired me more. So I think for me Chiefs by far was the best team that I played for."
Richards, who could play at left-back and on the wing, also enjoyed a spell at Bidvest Wits.
By all accounts, he had an impressive spell at SuperSport United, but the deal hinged on Daine Klate moving abroad.
After retiring from football as a player, Richards is still actively involved in the game.
Briefly.co.za understands that Richards is a director at Crusaders FC and works as a trainer and coach as well.
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