Absa Premiership

Iron Duke: Did they ask Madiba when he would retire?

2020-01-13 13:28
Irvin Khoza (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates chairperson Irvin Khoza has no intention of retiring and believes he still has a lot to contribute to South African football.

Khoza, who is also the chairperson of the Absa Premiership, has been involved with Pirates since 1980, initially joining as a secretary before becoming owner in 1991. And when asked if there was a succession plan in place in case he decided to step down, the 'Iron Duke' retorted with a question of his own, asking if anyone had asked former South African president Nelson Mandela when he would retire.

"That is a topic for another day," Khoza told IOL.

"How do you retire in football? Must I retire from my business? Remember, I'm not employed here. This is my business.

"Why do I have to retire from something I spent the rest of my life in? Why? Must I retire and then do what? Die? Stay under the tree. Did they ask when will Nelson Mandela retire?"

"Are you tired of me in football now? Do you want me out of football? We can't talk about what will happen. Let us talk about what is happening. We still have a lot of challenges in football and I want to contribute. Why can't we talk about the good things that we've done instead of talking about retirement. Let us work on solving the current issues at the moment."

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