Arsenal recently paid tribute to Aaron Ramsey, as the midfielder’s time with the club came to an end. Injury meant this would happen from the stands rather than on the field. An emotional Ramsey waved goodbye to the Emirates for one last time. Arsenal gave the Welshman a fitting send-off after 11 years of service.
Former Banyana Banyana captain, Amanda Dlamini suggests that long-serving South African players do not receive the same adulation and appreciation from clubs as their European counterparts.
- Twitter User: Amanda Dlamini
I wish some coaches here at home would treat experienced players with better respect in the league &national teams. Bigger teams/nations around the world honour & respect players &will never deny them their dreams ,an opportunity of honour, prestige &recognition for years of service.
- Twitter User: Thegentlemensconversation
Some supporters are of the opinion that Siyabonga Nomvethe, who is set to retire at the end of this season, deserved a better send-off from the soccer fraternity.
Our football Administrators need to learn from the world. Very few players are recognized in SA. We treat them badly all the time. Siyabonga Nomvethe played until age 41,the soccer fraternity should be honouring him but he will only be honoured by @robertmarawa on his show!
- Twitter User: Sydney
While others seem to suggest that there is a lack of respect towards our senior players in South Africa.
It is very disappointing to see lack of respect to our senior players here at home. It seems as if some coaches feels insecure when they have senior players in the team. Hence the treatment. But this also applies to some in the management.
Twitter user: uShobzin
There is also a widespread stigma about players over the age of 30 in the country.
Ngeke kwenzeke! With that "once you turn 30 you are no longer good" mentality
Do you think the football fraternity are doing enough to honour long-serving players with the dignity and respect they deserve? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!