Kaftel: Etafia retired too early

Highlands Park will continue to utilise legendary Moroka Swallows goalkeeper Greg Etafia in a dual role next season.

The 37-year-old former Dube Birds shotstopper called time on his career in 2015 but was lured of retirement while coaching at the Lions of the North this season.

The Nigerian joined the Premier Soccer League side as MultiChoice Diski Challenge goalkeeper coac but was drafted into the first team after training with the senior side.

Highlands co-director Brad Kaftel explained the veteran goalie still has what it takes to perform at the highest level.

He told KickOff: "Yes, yes he's going to join as a... we haven't finalise it yet. I mean he's still on a player payroll at this stage because he's been like a fourth goalkeeper for us.

"And he's been training as a professional. If he stays with us he will double up maybe as a fourth goalkeeper. So he will probably play a duel role. I think he retired too early [prior to joining the club] because in training he's shown himself he's still able to play.

"When he started training with the first team, he started to get fit again. In training he really impressed. All along Greg's role was a junior coach, he was already the MDC goalkeeper coach.

"So, that was his position, and then when we were struggling, with two of our goalkeepers needing surgery, we looked to see if he can maybe fill in and he did."