Orlando Pirates’ former star, Thandani Ntshumayelo, has lifted the lid on irresponsible lifestyles among local footballers
Speaking to the media after his infamous two-year ban for cocaine use, Ntshumayelo expressed worry over his peers.
“I think something like a mental coach is needed in South African football because footballers are living with so many pressures,” Ntshumayelo told iDiskiTimes’ Lethabo Kganyago in an interview.
“If you check on Instagram, some live totally different lives which don’t match their salaries, driving big cars,” the former Orlando Pirates star continued.
“Like how we give our money, we footballers have access to our money at any time, you can spend R20k a day, and no one will tell you anything.
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“So I think young and upcoming stars should be trained and warned about such things from an early age.
“It is very rare to find a South African player playing regularly at the top level in every game because there is a lot of things that go on in the mind of a soccer player, a lot.
“They are scared to talk about them,” the 33-year-old from the Free State’s Heilbron added.
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Meanwhile, Ntshumayelo, known as “Bibo,” retired in June 2023 after failing to revive his career Moroka Swallows and Baroka FC.
In another recent report, the ex-Orlando Pirates central midfielder revealed how his father proved a needed hero when he was down and out without income.
“My father was there. He said that I can’t let all the work I put in to get the house go down the drain,” he said. Read the full story here.
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