Ramahlwe Mphahlele opens up about PSL transition programme experience

Ramahlwe Mphahlele of AmaZuluBall Boy during the DStv Premiership 2023/24 match between AmaZulu and Sekhukhune United at the King Zwelithini Stadium, Umlazi on the 13 December 2023 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

The game of professional football is a dream come true for many players, but of course, it is important to ensure that they have plans in place once their career comes to and end.

The PSL Player Transition Programme continues to provide players with the knowledge and skills they need to make a successful transition after their playing careers. The aim of the course is to prepare players for life after football.

AmaZulu defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele gave a bit of insight into this journey through this year’s transition programme. He expressed gratitude to the football club as well as the PSL for giving him a chance to do then course and touched on how it taught him how to take care of his financial well-being.

“It opens our minds and it makes us start to think about getting diplomas as footballers. It’s an opportunity to give us something to have under our belt and have qualifications,” highlighted Mphahlele. 

“It’s important for players to realise that this is an assignment that they have to do for themselves because nobody is going to come and rescue us.”

“We need to take initiative and get out of our comfort zones, whilst acquiring the knowledge that we need.”

Mphahlele said that it’s important for players to get busy after their football careers end because their minds could fall into a place of stagnancy. 

“Education is so important, once you have that diploma or degree, nobody is going to take it away from you and you can always use it after football,” he said.

The player also said that the programme has given him motivation to use his own funds to perhaps register for a diploma or a degree in the future, taking things a step further from the initiative launched by the PSL and Multichoice.