‘Vuyo Still Runs Like A 20-Year-Old’
Ahead of this weekend’s MTN8 quarter-final against Orlando Pirates, Swallows head coach Brandon Truter has commented on the longevity of veterans Vuyo Mere and Lebogang Mokoena.
37-year-old Mere is entering his twentieth season as a professional, while Mokoena, 34, is not too far behind, having made his Orlando Pirates debut as a teenager.
Truter insists the pair remain key members of the playing squad and have big roles to play at the club.
When asked at a digital press conference by iDiski Times about the pair’s longevity, Truter said their experience is vital.
“The type of experience or the kind of experience Vuyo and Cheeseboy have, you can’t buy it, you can train it,” Truter said at the press conference.
“They are still valuable, they’re still very much active, they’re still key players at the club. So whenever the opportunity arise, that they are available and still able to play, they will play.
“So ja, for the new season, the new boys can also look at Musa (Nyatama), they can also look at Wandisile Letlabika as well, it’s guys that is key.
“Vuyo still runs like a 20-year-old on training, same with Cheeseboy well, but the demands in our playing style is different to other teams as well. The demands from our conditioning team as well is different to other teams as well.
“How we think about managing the players, the individual as well it takes so many factors into consideration when we take a player.
“Some people look at the age, we look at the quality that is there. We look at the experience is there, and we look at how we can help these boys to prolong their careers.
“I mean, Vuyo, I think it’s his 20th season this season, and Cheeseboy is very close as well. So ja, I’m looking forward to to playing them. I’m looking forward to seeing them play as well.
“And I’m just looking forward also that they change the mindset of the South African football fraternity, in terms of age is nothing but the number two, still can perform at this level and still able to, and the quality is still there then you should be afforded the chance.”