In the past, players rarely considered life after football, but, of late, some players have taken to education as a back-up plan for when they decide to hang up their boots.
As a result, I thought I would look at some of the past and present Bucs players who could’ve had other careers.
Lehlohonololo Majoro (Radiologist)
Funnily enough, Majoro has quite the degree - having qualified as a radiologist, while playing football. He currently owns his own radiology practice that sees him bring in extra income.
Lennox Bacela (Banker or Rugby Player)
The striker recently revealed that he could have played rugby in England and was also working at a bank before signing for Santos. His start-up as a footballer saw him earn 150% less income than what he could’ve done as a rugby player, but he opted to pursue his passion instead.
Shaun Potgieter (Finance)
The former Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates man was forced to retire from the game due to a horrific knee injury, but thankfully not all was lost. Potgieter had a backup plan in finance and he is now part of the SABC’s finance department.
Ratha Mokgoatlheng (Judge)
He may have been one of the founders of Kaizer Chiefs, but the ex-Pirates defender had a back-up plan outside of football. Since 2007, Ratha has been a judge at the South Gauteng High Court.
Jimmy Tau (Director, Businessman)
Once a captain of both Pirates and Chiefs, Tau was known for his business brain. Since the early 2000’s, Tau has been a director at Bataung Memorial Tombstones, a tombstone manufacturing company based in Katlehong. He has also graduated with UNISA and can often be seen as a TV pundit on SuperSport.
Daine Klate (Crèche)
The midfielder may have moved to SuperSport United on loan in January, but the Bucs fans are well aware of his love for kids. The player, who has kids himself, owns a crèche for little children.
It is great to see how these boys have some back-up plans. Which player surprised you the most?