Absa Premiership

Free agent Phungwayo still in search of a club

Patrick Phungwayo (Supplied)
Patrick Phungwayo (Supplied)

Former Orlando Pirates defender Patrick Phungwayo remains determined to find a new club and admits it's difficult to be without employ.

The 32-year-old has been in the football wilderness since June 2019, when his contract with Free State Stars expired, and he is eager to find a new challenge.

"I haven't retired, but obviously as a person you need to look at other ventures. This is our situation up until it becomes different one day," Phungwayo told Far Post.

"You know there's nothing you can do. It's part of a human's journey. So that I cannot run away from that everyone has to face this situation that we are in right now. So, let's wait and see if we are going to get a team."

On the challenges posed by the current coronavirus lockdown, considering he is without an income, Phungwayo added: "Even if you are training alone it costs money because you have to drive to where you are going, it's petrol. You are not getting a salary from anybody, because at Virgin Active you are paying... you know everything is just money.

"So obvious somewhere somehow regardless of how you think you've saved, you will only know you've saved enough when you survive... like I'm sure I've been unemployed by how many months now? I'm going into a year.

"Trying to make sure at home they eat, trying to make sure... it's a situation that forces you to go and wear an overall in the meantime... So I'm one of those people that feels you have to face life... don't be too desperate.

"Because if you are too desperate you can get a team now and agree to a R10 000 salary, which means still it doesn't make your life easy. So, you need to weigh options uma ungumuntu [as a person].

"Even if I can get a team tomorrow, it must put food on my table, not the other way around where I end begging my wife for R100. So that's where I am in love right now."

- TEAMtalk media