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Josta Dladla's advice to young 18-year-old Josta Dladla

"Hindsight is 20/20" - it's an old proverb which means that it's easy to understand something after it has already happened.

For soccer players, it's a phrase which rings truer than most. During their playing days they are superstars - near untouchable, very well-paid superstars who are adored by millions.

But once their playing days are over, reality sets in - and for some it is a harsher reality than they ever expected, with an alarming number of ex-players without jobs, in financial strive, or battling drug or alcohol addiction.

Former Wits University, Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs winger Josta Dladla has managed to forge a living away from the game and managed to avoid those pitfalls, but it doesn't mean he wouldn't have done things differently if given the chance to do so.

With that in mind, we asked him the question: What advice would 42-year-old Josta Dladla give to an 18-year-old Dladla just starting his professional career?


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