Former Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates and Stellenbosch star defender Robyn Johannes has officially retired from football.
Johannes was most recently on the books of Stellies whom he spent three years with between 2019 and 2022 before he was released at the end of last season.
The 35-year-old played 18 years in the South African topflight, making his PSL debut with Sundowns in 2005 after arriving from AmaTuks.
He would then join Pirates in 2010 before leaving for Maritzburg United two years following the expiry of his loan deal with Golden Arrows.
Johannes also played for AmaZulu, Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits before moving to Stellies where he was coached by Steve Barker.
The former Bafana Bafana international thanked the management, staff and players of all the teams he turned out for during his 18-year-long career.
Johannes also paid tribute to the fans but most importantly his manager Glyn Binkin who ensured that he remained employed every single season of his 18-year playing career.
ROBYN JOHANNES OFFICIALLY HANGS UP HIS BOOTS AT AGE 35
“After almost two decades in the Beautiful Game, I have decided to retire from professional football,” said Johannes in a statement.
“I made my professional debut in 2004, as an 18-year-old, and played for several fantastic teams over the years. However, I feel now is the time to move on to the next phase of my life.
“I would particularly like to thank the management, staff and players of the following clubs who all gave me opportunities in my career and contributed towards my development both as a player and as a person in a variety of ways. I am extremely grateful for all that I learnt from you and for the highs and lows we shared along the way,” he continued.
“I was also fortunate to play for the senior national team, Bafana Bafana, as well as captaining both the Under 20 and Under 23 teams.
“My gratitude is also extended to the fans as I have been blessed with so much love and support throughout my career and I will always have a special place in my heart for you all.”
“To Glyn Binkin, my manager, thank you for being with me every step of the way and for your continuous guidance and support throughout my career. I look forward to many more,” added Johannes.
“I am also very grateful that, over the past few years, I have been able to play close to home in Cape Town and end my career with the support of my beautiful wife, darling child, as well as close family, my father, mother, brother and friends who have all sacrificed so much in allowing me to follow my dreams as a professional footballer. To them, I thank you!”
“I am proud of all that I have achieved in my career, and I am now looking forward to the next chapter of my life, where football development will be a key area of focus for me. Thank you all, once again. See you soon.”