Staying on the ball

Celebrities, especially young soccer stars, have recently become overwhelmed by the pressures of being famous.

Celebrities, especially young soccer stars, have recently become overwhelmed by the pressures of being famous.

These tensions have affected their careers because of the confusion that ensues from their inability to control their lifestyles.

Victims of these excesses include Orlando Pirates' talented stars Jabu Mahlangu and Gift Leremi - who was this week acquitted on a charge of assault.

Management at various soccer clubs have tried to help players experiencing problems by entering them into rehabilitation programmes.

Clubs should also introduce life-skills plans to prepare players for pressures that come with celebrity life. Such initiatives will help them behave professionally and ensure their careers blossom instead of go down the drain.

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