Thabang "Chillies" Lebese has been thrown a lifeline by National First Division (NFD) side GaRankuwa United after he signed a season-long contract with the Inland Stream club this week.
The 35-year-old, who at one stage contemplated quitting football after he failed to rejoin former club Orlando Pirates, has impressed United's coach Kenny Ndlazi.
"Lebese has been training with us for the past two weeks and I can tell you that he still has what it takes on the field of play," said Ndlazi yesterday. "I'm encouraged to have him in the team and his wealth of experience will help us to compete this season."
An elated Lebese said yesterday: "I have been given another chance to revive my career and I have grabbed it with both hands. I'm prepared to die for United on the pitch of play to ensure that they fulfil their mission this season.
"I thought I would not play football again because I waited for so long to get an offer. I want to prove to my detractors that I'm still a capable player."
The once-celebrated linkman, who also played for Kaizer Chiefs and Ria Stars before a stop-start career at Black Leopards, has been kicking his heels for the past two seasons after he was released from Lidoda Duvha's enclosure.
He was not a regular at Leopards, who were then mentored by Bibey Mutombo.
Lebese is expected to make his debut for United against University of Pretoria in an NFD assignment tomorrow night.
United are yet to win this season after a defeat and two draws.