Hummel - defenders get better with age
Monday November 07 2005
Moroka Swallows defender George 'Road Block' Hummel says that he believes that defenders improve with age.
The 29-year-old returned to the Dube Birds side at the end of last season after his stint in Russia came to an end.
He believes that despite a couple of the Birds players being over the age of 30, they can still do a job for the team.
"People are saying our defenders are old, which I don't agree with. Paulo Maldini, despite his age, is still one of the best defenders. I believe that the older a defender gets, the better he gets," the Namibian international told Soccer Laduma.
Hummel says that after a good start to his career in Russia, during which he was regularly named in the league's team of the week, things fell apart due to an injury crisis.
He subsequently received several offers from other Russian sides, but decided to return to the side where he first made his big mark in soccer, Moroka Swallows.
"I had a couple of offers in Russia, but they were never concrete. I opted for Swallows because they had been chasing me even though I was in Russia. Leon Prins used to call me, trying to persuade me to come back and eventually that made me rejoin the team."
This season has seem a number of new faces at the Beautiful Birds and Hummel believes it is just a matter of time before the team really starts to gel as a unit.
"The new guys need to get used to the culture of the team and the pattern of play. They also need to get to know the strengths and weaknesses of their team-mates and all this takes time. We need to rally behind the team in situations like these. I also think Lady Luck has not been on our side in the games we drew and lost," he concluded.