Former Borussia Dortmund winger, Delron Buckley, has revealed why it is important for footballers to find other hobbies and prepare for life after football.
The 40-year-old former Bafana Bafana international attended the annual Gold Cup horse racing event on Saturday, July 28, which is owned by football agent Mike Makaab and his Prosport International agency.
The event allowed for former footballers such as Buckley to enjoy hobbies outside of football, with the former winger revealing why it is important that other athletes take interest in other hobbies outside of football.
“What Prosport International is doing is something extraordinary because you get the Durban July and then you get the Gold Cup now, which Prosport are trying to implement. It is more relaxing and not too full, you get to meet all different kinds of people, I even got to meet a jockey for the first time in my life,” Buckley told the Siya crew.
“It is very important because, athletes don’t realize, when your career comes to an end, you’ve got to have something that keeps you mentally motivated and the minute you finish off playing, a lot of players fall in to depression because they don’t know how to cope because you had a routine every day - get up and go to training.
"But when that finishes, it plays with your mind that’s why I always convince players, even athletes, that in your last two years, try to do something else, maybe coaching or find a hobby because if you don’t have something that keeps you busy you get caught in to a hole,” he added.