CAPE TOWN – Veteran striker Nathan Paulse made a stunning return to football at the weekend.
Having retired at the end of the 2016-17 season, the 36-year-old former Ajax Cape Town and Bafana Bafana forward was in the process of continuing as a television analyst. This season, though, with the arrival of a new National First Division (NFD) team, Cape Umoya United, Paulse was persuaded to lace up his boots again, in order to assist the coach of the new club: his big mate Roger de Sa.
Umoya was established after De Sa and his business partners bought the franchise of Rustenburg-based Platinum Stars. With Umoya keen to make an impact, De Sa suggested Paulse think about playing again.
Paulse takes up the story: “My return to football had a lot to do with Roger. We were close during his spell as Ajax coach and, after I quit, he always told me I had retired too soon; that I still had a lot to offer. We have always been in touch and we had a talk about me making a comeback for Umoya.
We sat down and had a chat about the club’s plans, and he told me if I wanted to be part of it, as a player, he would be quite happy. He was confident I could still contribute.