Retirement is a possibility – Dipsy
University of Pretoria midfielder Dipsy Selolwane has revealed that he could retire at the end of the season. The veteran midfielder told Gazette Sport that he is considering ending his playing career if he does not receive an offer in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
First team chances have been limited for the experienced midfielder this season, he has been involved in 13 league games this season as well as two cup appearances. It remains unknown why his club coach Steve Barker has given him a limited role despite his immense contribution to the side’s MTN 8 qualification last season.
Selolwane is the longest serving Motswana player in the PSL; he has been plying his trade in the South African league for nine years and has represented Engen Santos, Jomo Cosmos, Ajax Cape Town, Supersport United and University of Pretoria. His current contract is set to expire at the end of the season.
Amatuks, as they are affectionately known, are believed to be lining up a development role for Selolwane as Steve Barker claimed in an interview with South African online publication Kickoff on April 22.
“I still love the game and I want to continue if the opportunity presents itself. If I get an offer then I would have to consider it. If I do not get an offer then I will retire and focus on my business ventures,” said Selolwane.
The former Zebras player stated that he has not yet received any approaches or inquiries from any club in the PSL. If he does decide to retire then he is likely to become a frequent guest on Supersport’s popular show Soccer Africa as one of the panel of ‘wise men’ whenever Botswana football is a subject matter.
He informed this reporter that he is set to focus on his joint venture with an American company, Business Data Analytics (BDA). The Atlanta based Information Technology (IT) company will establish a base in Botswana as they have already pitched their ideas to the Ministry of Health in recent months.
Selolwane identified the National Health Information Management System (NHIMS) is one key area that needs to be expanded and improved in order to develop the country. The company’s mandate is to build and maintain efficient healthcare services such as reducing fraud, avoiding errors in prescriptions, improving the country’s DNA data system, including face, retina, finger, vehicle and fleet detection systems.
“I have travelled the world and I have always asked myself how I can give back to my country. This company I am working with is an experienced entity that has worked in Asia, Canada and the USA,” Dipsy stated.