Boitumelo Mafoko of Botswanaand Samba Sow of Mali ©Barry Aldworth/BackpagePix
Thursday Apr 20, 2017. 20:00
Legendary Botswana defender Boitumelo Mafoko has announced that he will be retiring from competitive football at the end of the 2016/17 campaign.
The 36-year-old player, who has played for the Botswana senior national team for over a decade, is currently on the books of BTC Premiership side Jwaneng Galaxy.
“It is not like I can’t run or play, no, I can still run better than 50% of the players in the elite league," Mafoko told The Weekend Post Botswana.
“It is time to give others a chance, I have groomed a lot of players now they ought to take the baton.
"There a lot of players that I have groomed especially at national level, look at Mosha (Gaolaolwe) and company, it is time I hand over to them," he added.
Mafoko helped Galaxy win this season's Mascom Top 8 Cup as the team captain and he also reached the 2016 COSAFA Cup final with Botswana's Zebras.
“My fondest memory will be with Galaxy, in my first season we finished in the top eight the second season we won the tournament," he said.
The towering player also played for Township Rollers and Botswana Defence Force (BDF) XI in his home country.
He had a stint with Cape Town-based side Santos FC in the South African Absa Premiership.