Former Bafana Bafana striker Lungisani Ndlela, who is now making a living as a prison warder in Mpumalanga, has been commended for his courage to take up correctional services studies after he disappeared from the limelight.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns, Moroka Swallows and SuperSport United hit-man used to be tightly policed by defenders on the pitch, and is now guarding some of the country’s dangerous criminals in Witbank.
Daily Sun reported that while many have viewed his current situation in sympathy, considering the flashy lifestyle he used to live as a footballer, some see it differently.
His friends have commended him, according to the newspaper.
“Lungi has done well for himself. At least he’s got an income, unlike other former soccer stars who prefer to live on handouts,” one of Ndlela’s friends told the newspaper.
Another friend added: “Lungi is popular in prison as people still recognise him. He’s jolly but takes his job seriously.”
Lungisani could not be reached for comment.