Absa PSL and Orlando Pirates chairperson Irvin Khoza shut down any thoughts of him retiring from his football business which has been a core part of his life and strongly believes he still has a lot to offer South African football.
Khoza has been involved with Pirates since 1980, initially joining as a secretary before becoming the head honcho who call all the shots in 1991.
When asked if there was a succession plan in place in case he decided to step down, the “Iron Duke” fumed with a rhetoric question of his own, asking if anyone had asked former South African president Nelson Mandela when he would retire.
“How do you retire in football? Must I retire from my business? Remember, I’m not employed here. This is my business.”
“Why do I have to retire from something I spent the rest of my life in? Why? Must I retire and then do what? Die? Stay under the tree. Did they ask when will Nelson Mandela retire? “Are you tired of me in football now? Do you want me out of football?” asked Khoza.
“We still have a lot of challenges in football and I want to contribute.”
By Gerald Dandah