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Rama Hails PSL For Equipping Players

AmaZulu defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele has praised the Premier Soccer League and GIBS for the Player Transition Programme, but adds that it still needs the players to be proactive and use what they have learnt properly.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs defender was one of the 2024 graduates, and said he feels the programme has made an impact on himself personally.

But he adds that it will not be up to him to apply the invaluable lessons he’s learnt practically into his life.

“The programme has been very, very impactful,” Mphahlele told media. 

“The programme has been insightful. We’ve learned so much during this 10 here at GIBS and just also to thank the PSL. Like it’s amazing, it clearly shows that they care about us, our life after retirement. 

“But then again, it is up to us as footballers to say, ‘Okay, we did the GIBS programme with PSL, can we take something from here and go and apply it in our lives?’ And, like, we’ve done a lot of modules, we did project management and personal finance, personal mastery. 

“So all those things that we’ve learned, the big question is, can we go and apply them in our real life and get better and actually execute? And if it’s about business, also go ahead and do those things. 

“And so it’s been it’s been very good. Like, I feel different. I feel like I’ve gained so much knowledge.”

When it was suggested that programmes like this could also see former players become administrators, Mphahlele agreed but reiterated that the players need to be proactive.

“I’ll always come back to me to say, I have to take those steps to say, ‘Okay, I need to go and study’,” Mphahlele commented.

“So when I go back to whatever club, then I’ve got a qualification, and I’ve got something to show for it. Because, I mean, how do you put a former player in a managerial position who hasn’t taken steps to go and invest in himself and get education?

“Yes, he’s played football. But in that department, obviously, there’s laws, there’s elements of making very crucial decisions about the club and the football.

“So I always come back to us again, we have to take responsibility for ourselves as football players, equip ourselves, invest in ourselves. And like I said, in the meeting there, for me, this programme has propelled me to even go and further my studies. I know it’s difficult, but it is possible.”

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