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Life after football can be uncertain. History is littered with examples of unprepared former players who couldn’t get up from the canvas and beat the count when the sport delivered a characteristic kick to the gut. Many of them were not ready for the sound of that final whistle and were still caught up in the glare of the lights and a million camera flashes. They were ill equipped to deal with the harsh realities of this short career, and foolishly spent money as quickly as it was earned on luxury cars, champagne, parties, flashy jewellery and watches — as well as lecherous sycophants. Some never even bothered to progress to matric, as the promises of the celebrity, Instagram and selfie lifestyle that come with the fat cheques are enough to convince a youngster to drop out of school. Sadly these examples are a dime a dozen in SA football and many of these players often look back at their life choices with regret after the last of the obsequious toadies have slunk off to the next suc...

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