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Grobbelaar thrilled to be back in the game 01/08/04
Former SuperSport United, Seven Stars and Hellenic coach Bruce Grobbelaar has revealed that he is delighted to be back in the game after an absence of two years.

The former Liverpool goalkeeper has been promoting malaria awareness for the World Health Organisation in the Southern African region, after he first contracted the illness himself a few years ago.

"I contracted malaria myself four years ago and it took 62 smears before they found out what it was," he is reported as saying on the BBC website.

"If I, with a reasonable level of fitness, had such a tough time getting a proper diagnosis, then what chance has a young child in Africa got?

"It was important to get around and participate in the campaign."

However, Grobbelaar is now excited at the prospect of returning to football after having signed a two-year deal with Manning Rangers.

"It's fantastic to be back, I have wanted to get back into the game for a while now and this is a great opportunity for me," he said.

"Two years is a long time in the footballing wilderness and I think if I had stayed out of football any longer, I would have missed the boat for any future coaching jobs."

The Mighty Maulers struggled during their last campaign, but the 46-year-old Grobbelaar believes that there is enough talent at the club for them to do much better in the new season.

"A finish in the top eight is realistic but I'm looking at sixth place and above," Grobbelaar said.

"The club had the material last season and I can't understand why they didn't perform.

"But I'm making changes that will, hopefully, turn things around."

The Zimbabwean has also been linked recently to taking over the coaching duties for his country of birth (he has been the Zimbabwean caretaker coach on three occasions), but said that he could resist the challenge offered by Rangers.

He is the oldest player to have played in the PSL (at 44-years-of-age) - during his spell as Hellenic's manager, he once played himself for the last 18 minutes of a game.

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