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Poverty to prosperity: How the PSL is changing retired players' narrative

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Benedict Vilakazi during his time playing for Orlando Pirates. (Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images)
Benedict Vilakazi during his time playing for Orlando Pirates. (Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images)

When Benedict "Tso" Vilakazi appeared on popular tragicomedy reality series I Blew It, his story didn't shock too many people who follow South African football religiously.

Maybe the details Vilakazi dove into were previously unknown but, by and large, the football public has a fair idea that most of their idols will end up where the ex-Orlando Pirates star landed: inside the poverty they used football to escape.

Although Vilakazi didn't command the eye-watering salaries players like Itumeleng Khune and Khama Billiat reportedly earn these days, the ex-midfield general saw his earnings from Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and Danish club Aalborg BK evaporate.

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