By Isaac Ndou
JOHANNESBURG: He says players should consider having a qualification as a profession in soccer is a very short one.
Kaizer Chiefs young goalkeeper Brylon Petersen has come out to advice his fellow soccer compatriots to get an education so that they have something to fall back on when their days as professional soccer players are over.
The 22-year-old keeper is not just giving advice on something he has not engaged in as he is currently on the verge of completing his Mechanical Engineering Degree at Wits University. He says players should consider having a qualification as a profession in soccer is a very short one.
“Soccer is a short career…That’s why players need to study to be able to fall back on something when their career is over.”
“It can be done. To be honest it has to be done because players often don’t save enough money to be able to afford to study after their playing days. That’s when they get caught out, having no income and not sure what to do next,” said Petersen on Chiefs’ website.
Many players find themselves stranded financially when their playing days are over as a large segment of them did not even make it to matric. Peterson also believes that an educated player is a better player as it also helps in receiving and understanding instructions from coaches.
“I am better at applying the coach’s instruction, understanding the various tactical concepts and improving my reading of the game. As the saying goes, educated players are better players,” he added.
Other players who have already completed their studies and still work as professional soccer players include Lehlohonolo Majoro, Daine Klate, Tiyani Mabunda and Tefu Mashamaite to name a few with the aim of being prepared for life after football.