JOHANNESBURG - While many deem Absa Premiership footballers who surpass the age of 30 to be “overage or in the twilight of their careers’’, SuperSport United maestro Reneilwe Letsholonyane is not bothered as long as he continues to perform for his team.
Letsholonyane turned 36 on June 9, but continues to be one of the most consistent players in top-flight football. To compound the argument, in the past six years he’s won six domestic titles, including two Premiership crowns, while recently reaching his first Caf Confederations Cup final.
“We have different opinions as human beings but it’s a fact that we are over 30," Letsholonyane admitted. “Unfortunately, the perception in the country is that when you are over 30, you can’t play and blah, blah, blah. But for me it has been like that for years and I don’t think it will ever change.
"I am the type of player that doesn’t prove anything to anyone; I do my own thing and continue to work hard. I cannot change the fact that I am 36 but as long as the management, coaches, my teammates and family can still confide in me doing my job, I am happy."
By the time the 2018/19 campaign concludes, "Yeye" will be a few weeks from his 37th birthday but the thought of retirement hasn’t entered his mind. "To put a time-frame on when I’ll retire, it’s a negative attitude towards my career,’’ Letsholonyane insisted.