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Former Bucs Keeper Pleads For Second Chance

Former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper, Francis Chansa, poured his heart out to the Siya crew pleading with clubs to give him another chance to play football at professional level.

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The veteran shot-stopper was last seen in the PSL while with Maritzburg United in the 2012/13 season.

The 40-year-old parted ways with the KZN outfit having failed to make any official first team appearances at the end of that season.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo player, who has been playing football in South Africa for close to two decades, is eager to sign with another club before retiring from the game.

"No, I haven’t retired, not at this time. When I look at my fitness, my body and my lifestyle, I am still fresh and fit because I am training on my own. Sometimes I train with schools and sometimes in the community. I’m waiting," said Chansa.

"Maybe one day a chance will come for me. But there is no club that is giving me a chance anymore. I don’t know, maybe they don’t know where I am. I’m still around.

"I’m available and I’m a free agent. I’m ready to play for any club that is interested in me.

"I need a second chance to prove myself. It can be any team either from Vodacom (ABC Motsepe League), Mvela (NFD) or Premier League (PSL), I’m ready to play. I can still come and do the job.

"I’m a South African citizen. I’m not the best, you understand. Development is going strong and we need that. I know that age is catching up with me. I’m 40 years old, but a goalkeeper. I’m fine and ready.

"Last season I’ve been playing some games at RC Athletico (ABC Motsepe League) in Cape Town. I wouldn’t say that I did well, but I enjoyed myself. It was a young team and I tried to push the boys to do well.

"I still want a second chance to play football and retire on the right note. I grew up in South Africa. I was 20-years-old when I arrived here. Now I’m sitting and doing nothing. I’ve tried approaching different coaches and they kept telling me that I’m on their waiting lists."

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Chansa, who was famous for his acrobatic style of goalkeeping during his heyday in the PSL, played for Durban Bush Bucks, Durban United, Royal Tigers, Golden Arrows, Orlando Pirates, Santos, Bidvest Wits, Mpumalanga Black Aces and Maritzburg United in his long career in South Africa.     

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