Arendse Responds To Retirement Rumours

Sinethemba Makonco
April 21, 2022

Former Mamelodi Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse came out to explain that he has not retired yet.

Arendse last played his football at Sundowns in the 2019/20 season and was released after winning a league title, the Nedbank Cup and the Telkom Knockout tournament – the former Santos defender has stayed without a club since.



This past weekend, Arendse was spotted at the Bayhill U19 Premier Cup 2022 edition in Cape Town with Highlands Park. Arendse explained that he has not retired but he was there to help the ‘Lions of the North’ during this famous youth tournament in Africa.

“I’m not retired as yet. Obviously, I had time on my hands. And then Highlands Park was available and they needed some assistance in Under 19,” he told iDiskiTimes.

“And I greatly went to them and just helped out the team because the head coach, his name is Sifiso, and I just assisted him and obviously tried to bring my experience and guidance to the team because, just to help where you can. Jelp so because, after all, you need to give back, give back to the community and to give back to the youngsters.

“It’s basically what I’ve done just to give my best advice to the youngsters and also to guide them, but not yet retired still looking, hopefully in the new season, because this season is ending now in what 25 days time.”

After smelling the coaching side and experiencing the Bayhill tournament for the very first time as a coach, Arendse explained how he enjoyed the tournament.

“The Bayhill Under 19 Premier Cup tournament was good. After a long absence of two years because of COVID 19,” he added.

“Obviously you could see and the crowd it was there every day, people, Capetonians they miss football. And everybody was there supporting their teams, especially the Cape Town teams had lots of support, whether it was your professional teams or local, the support was evident.

“It was good, a good experience to be there, meet up with the guys. People that you know, but overall, the tournament was good.

“I just feel we could have done better but it’s a learning curve for out for Highlands as well. Because I mean, we went there with probably seven or eight players that’s 15 or 16 years old, that’s the positive we as Highlands are taking out of it.

“But to finish off in the quarter-finals, and then also in the finals of the midsection, so I think these boys, the future looks bright for them. But overall, the tournament was good.”

Highlands Park Under 19 lost in the quarter-final of the main tournament and went on to lose the final of midsection.

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