SAFPU urges advanced driving lessons for South African footballers


South Africa has lost number of soccer players in recent years with Free State Stars midfielder Sinethemba Jantjie being the latest victim on Monday morning.

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Wiseman Meyiwa was recently confined to a wheelchair and forced to retire from football after being involved in car accident in the Free State in November last year.

SAFPU deputy secretary general Taelo Motloung says his organisation have already taken a few players for advanced driving lessons in a bid to curb the number of their members dying through road accidents.

"On the 24th of March together with Jaguar we started helping ten players with advanced driving training in Cape Town. Our aim is to visit all the provinces to spread the awareness of safe driving," said Motloung.

"We are also trying to engage RAF (Road Accident Fund) to be part of the awareness. We hope this exercise will minimise the number of road accidents."

Motloung has also appealed to their members to attend the educational and financial programmes organised by the Union, which will help them sustain their lifestyle after football.

"The players must also ask themselves questions about their behaviour and treat football as a professional career," he added. "They must also take responsibility and prepare for life after football."

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