Mamelodi Sundowns veteran defender Wayne Arendse hinted that he sees himself playing up to 40 years before he eventually hangs up his soccer boots.
The 35-year-old defender joined Sundowns from Santos in July 2012, helping the Brazilians to an impressive nine trophies including four league titles and the CAF Champions League, among many titles.
The experienced Mother City lad has revealed that he has no plans to retire anytime soon, insisting that he can still go on until he is 40.
Arendse says that his inspiration comes from the AC Milan superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who’s still going strong at 38.
“I still feel I can go more than four seasons, I am still strong. You can’t really put an exact time frame on how long you want to play, but perhaps I can call it a day when I am 40 or so,” Arendse told Sowetan.
“Look at Zlatan… He’s proving that if you have a good mindset and dedication you can keep on going. He’s scoring goals in Italy after people had written him off.”
Wayne’s side was targeting the league title and Nedbank Cup following their exit from the continental competition, with the defender remaining optimistic that should they continue with the season, they will top Amakhosi.
“We have a balanced squad, that’s our advantage in the league. We can win it with the team we have. You see our youngsters are also playing their role… your Keletsos [Magkalwa] and [Siphelele] Mkhulises.”