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‘He’s unbelievable for his age’ – Ramovic on Mere longevity

TS Galaxy head coach Sead Ramovic has spoken on Vuyo Mere’s longevity, the oldest player in the DStv Premiership.

The 40-year-old right-back made his PSL debut back in August 2001, playing for Hellenic FC against Black Leopards. In fact, Mere is now competing in his 23rd PSL season.

When Mere made his debut for Hellenic in 2001, his teammates were Jason Barnard, Shahiem Bobbs, Craig Bianchi, Edzai Kasinauyo, George Hummell, Zain Brown, Patrick Ningiza, Darryl Smith, Moses Malabela, Ricardo Katza Shaun Campbell, Rodney Petlele, who have all retired from the beautiful game.

In his football career, Mere also represented teams such as Mamelodi Sundowns, Moroka Swallows, Platinum Stars, and Bidvest Wits.

This season, the veteran defender only featured in one game for the Rockets, when they faced ABC Motsepe League side D’General in the Nedbank Cup Round of 16, where he played for 29 minutes. The game ended with a 3-0 scoreline in favour of the Mpumalanga-based outfit.

Defender Vuyo Mere in TS Galaxy colours.
Defender Vuyo Mere in TS Galaxy colours


The Seabian mentor described Mere’s longevity as something “unbelievable” and inspirational to his troops.

Ramovic was speaking ahead of their Nedbank Cup quarter-final clash against Chippa United on Sunday, 14 April 2024.

“I think it shows a great lifestyle and great quality that he can stay for so long in this game,” said Ramovic. “He is unbelievable and a great role model for many players on the team and in this league.

“The way he trains and how fit he is, it’s unbelievable at this age, and it’s not easy. He played in a cup game, and he played very well. I believe we will see him again on the field to play for us.”

The showdown between Galaxy and the Chilli Boys will take place at Mbombela Stadium. The kick-off is at 15:00.

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