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SAFPU and Lifeline combine to support players

South African Football Players' Union general deputy secretary Calvin Motloung says Emile Baron is receiving help from a new partnership with Lifeline South Africa.

The 40-year-old former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper saw his career cut short in 2013 when he was just 34 after breaking his leg.

A supremely talented goalkeeper, with successful spells at Hellenic, Lillestrom, Chiefs and Bidvest Wits, while also representing Bafana Bafana, Baron subsequently struggled with financial issues.

SAFPU and Lifeline formed the partnership to help current and retired professional players.

Motloung told KickOff: "Emile Baron is the first player to be part of this programme," Motloung adds. "We have been in touch with him and his family to offer our support. We hope many players will benefit from this programme."

Lifeline South Africa CEO Molefi Takalo added: "We are more in the fields of trauma counselling, crisis intervention, to stop gender violence and HIV and AIDS as well many other lifestyle illnesses, but our task is the provision of psychosocial support.

"We have just established a partnership with SAFPU. The idea is to avail our services to the needy, particularly soccer players and their loved ones.

"We hoping not only there to intervene when damage has already occurred but also to provide prevention and early intervention in the form of raising awareness and education on anti-social activities as well as providing social life skills to all involved in the soccer fraternity."