Dennis Masina returns from retirement at Mbombela United


Masina has come out of retirement to play football again after registering with United a few weeks ago.

'Yuki' has already played two games in the National First Division with Tingwenyama, who are chasing promotion. The Mpumalanga-based outfit are currently fourth on the log after 25 games, eight points behind leaders Stellenbosch FC.

Masina, who is set to turn 37 next month, says his return to football was influenced by club chairman Skhumbuzo Matsebula and the technical team.

"My initial role when I arrived at the team was coaching the strikers.I have been always been involved in active participation during the training sessions," Masina tells

"The technical team and the club chairman felt I could still contribute more as a player judging by my performance at training. They influenced my decision to play football again.

"My focus now is helping the club gain promotion. I have not yet decided if I will continue playing football next season," he adds.

Masina has conceded that the standard of football in the NFD is tough and most teams resort to tight marking.

"Tactically it might not be as good as the premier league but you must understand it's lower division," he explains. "It's tough though, there is no space but tight marking."