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MacBeth Sibaya retires from football

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France's striker Thierry Henry (bottom, L) tackles South Africa's midfielder Macbeth Sibaya during the Group A first round 2010 World Cup football match France vs
France's striker Thierry Henry (bottom, L) tackles South Africa's midfielder Macbeth Sibaya during the Group A first round 2010 World Cup football match France vs

Former Rubin Kazan midfielder MacBeth Sibaya retires from the beautiful game of soccer.

The 35-year old former South Africa international made comments that definitely confirmed the end is near in his football career.

“I actually think I am not going to play football again because I feel that I have been squeezed out by not given a chance to play and lead youngsters in one of the teams he at home in South Africa.” Sibaya told South African soccer publication KICK-OFF after he was dumped by Moroka Swallows when they decided against renewing his contract he signed back in 2011 after a long spell in Europe.

“Look at players like Benni McCarthy and Lucas Radebe who are not even involved in our local game yet they are our best exports in recent years.”

The hard-tackling defensive midfielder left South Africa back in 2002 after he was part of the Bafana Bafana squad that were knocked-out in the first round in 2002 Korea/Japan FIFA World Cup, where he went to joined Norway side Rosenberg where he had a short string before jetting to Russia where he spent eight seasons with Rubin Kazan that normally qualifies to play in Europe.

In 2011, the former dread-locked maestro came back to South Africa and signed with Soweto giants Moroka Swallows where he made 37 appearances in his two year stay before his deal expired.

The Durban-born is proud with what he achieved in his glory days. “I won 62 caps, played at two world cups, played in the UEFA Champions League and won the league title abroad so I am proud of myself and I have no regrets at all about anything.