Former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates defender Jimmy Tau has announced his retirement from football.
Addressing the media at the Soweto Hotel in Kliptown this morning, Tau – who celebrates his 33rd birthday today – said the time had arrived for him to bid the beautiful game goodbye, having played for just more than a decade since he made his professional debut with Pirates in 2001.
Chiefs had not renewed his contract after he finished the better part of last season nursing a injury.
“I have played for the two biggest clubs in the country, what more can I ask for? I’m grateful they made me who I am today. I see my life in another place,” he said.
“I have no regrets but lessons. The experience teaches and I have experienced the positives and the negatives.
“My career was not ended by injuries. I was never injured for such a long time but God gave me the strength to recover.”
Tau said he will focus on his business ventures that includes Bataung Memorials, a tombstone manufacturing company.
“I believe my future is bright and I can’t see anything stopping me.”
Tau, who hails from Galeshewe in Kimberley, Northern Cape, said his highlight was being a professional footballer.
“It has always been a dream to turn pro and that serves as the highest accolade any footballer would want to achieve locally.
“I know I have made a difference in people’s lives.”
Apart from his tombstone business, Tau revealed that he also worked in conjunction with Safa president Kirsten Nematandani on teaching people about the stock market.
“I’m also writing a book about my life among other things, what has been said and written about me. It will reveal everything.”
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