Booth taking it season by season

The 37-year-old former Bafana Bafana star says he has no immediate plans to retire.

The 37-year-old former Bafana Bafana star Matthew Booth says he has no immediate plans to retire. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Matthew Booth on Monday told EWN Sport he would love to get involved in junior level coaching after he hangs up his boots.

The 37-year-old former Bafana Bafana star is currently at Bidvest Wits.

His team slipped against relegation zoned Free State Stars at the weekend, being humbled 3-1 thanks to a Richard Henyekane hat-trick.

Booth says he would love to get involved in youth development after he calls it a day.

"I have been a strong critic of our development system here in South Africa. We've tried to throw money at Bafana Bafana and it really doesn't work. The problem is deeper than that.

"I'd like to get involved in youth football because at senior level, you have to deal with some very difficult people and people who don't really know what the game is about, and that I think can be very frustrating for me."

Booth says he's not looking too far ahead.

"I have to take it season by season. I'll see by the end of the season how many games I have played and how my body is holding up. I have played nearly 20 seasons of professional league, so it's a lot of football. I certainly haven't made any commitments yet."

Looking back at his side's loss this weekend, Booth says it was a major slip up.

"It was very frustrating to see us with that lackluster display, it was disappointing. We had a massive chance to get nine points in our last three games. Kaizer Chiefs have gone even further ahead because when you play these teams, you need to come prepared because they are also very desperate to win."

Booth believes there is still a nationwide craze around the Soweto Derby.

"The stadium was full, with 70,000 or 80,000 fans there. Without a doubt, it does leave many people talking. For the next week or two, sadly for the Pirates fans, the bragging will be echoing around the country."