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James Sangala to quit playing football

Azam Tigers defender James Sangala says he will quit the game for good at the end of the season.

Sangala, who also came out of retirement last season, vowed never to be tempted to return again.

The former Be Forward Wanderers captain said he has been playing after taking pain-killers most of the time as he was prone to injuries.

“I am done with the game. People have seen my contribution and it is time for others to come in. Nothing will compel me to retire from retirement. You will never see me play again,’’ Sangala emphasized.

The man, who also works as Fam youth officer, said he would have still been at the peak of his game had it been that it was a European coaching him.

Sangala pointed out that he knew exactly how good European coaches are at motivating players and keeping them playing for a long time.

“I have been coached by white coaches in South Africa and Angola and they were the ones who kept me going for a long time. If I was playing locally, I wouldn’t have managed to go on for all those years,’’ he stressed.

He said he was quitting a very sad man because those that coaxed him from retirement some two years ago did not do much to support him to keep playing.

Sangala was bought by South African side, Benoni Premier United at a time he was Wanderers captain and enjoying game-time with the senior national football team in 2006.

Two years later, he moved to Angolan side, Premiero de Agosto, after the owner of Benoni sold his franchise in the South African Premier Soccer League to new owners who moved the base of the club to Durban from Johannesburg. Benoni eventually changed its name to Thanda Royal Zulu.

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