Rustenburg - Platinum Stars have teamed up with Oliphant
Institute of Leadership and Financial Services Board to offer Dikwena player’s
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According to Stars’ website,
former SAFA president Molefi Oliphant believes the project will only benefit
the players as a footballer’s life span is becoming shorter with injuries and
the programme will help them make positive financial decisions in order to look
after themselves and their families in the future.
“The project is based on the realization that the lifespan
of a footballer is about 10 years and can be cut even short through a nagging
injury, loss of form, falling out of favour with the coach or club, and even
competition for the other players or younger players,” said Oliphant
“This is further exacerbated by frequent reports of current
and ex footballers dying poor or becoming a social problem, after their playing
“Therefore for some players, success in the playing field
has not translated into sustainable financial success”, concludes Oliphant.
Dikwena defender Vuyo Mere admits that at first the players
were sceptical because they felt it was not needed on their end but soon
realised that the idea behind the programme will only benefit them in the end.
“Oliphant Institute of Leadership is so brilliant and we
look forward to the next days of successful advice that is valuable and will go
beyond our expectations,” said Mere.
Dikwena’s next Absa Premiership encounter is against
SuperSport United on Saturday, September 13 after the Fifa international break.