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Franklin Cale retires from professional football

Former Premiership star Franklin Cale has announced his retirement from playing professional football after an impressive career spanning 15 years in total.

The 36-year-old was last on the books of Ubuntu FC in the National First Division but has now hung up his boots after a campaign in which he struggled with injuries.

The ex-Urban Warriors, Mamelodi Sundowns, SuperSport United and Highlands Park winger says he intends to focus on spending more time with his family.

He told Kickoff: "My kids are getting bigger and older and it's time to shift my focus to my family.

"I have missed out on so many things in their lives and although I cannot bring those times back, I can be there for them in the future to make new memories, you know.

"It's a bitter-sweet moment as it was my bread and butter for so long but I must move on. I need to thank my wife and my late mother as these two women have been there for me during thick and thin.

"To my sponsors, Puma, my football journey would not have been possible without your loyal support as well. It was a very successful innings and I thank everyone who played a part and supported me."

Cale also revealed his fondest moment was making his debut for Bafana Bafana in 2009, saying: "That undoubtedly has to be when I made my debut for Bafana Bafana in 2009. Nothing compares to putting on that jersey and walking out on the field to sing the national anthem. It was really special and one I shall forever cherish."