Polokwane City’s Puleng Tlolane Opens Up About Growing Up In The Village! The striker is still very much in touch with his roots and often visits his home back in Zebediela, Limpopo where he was born.
Tlolane recently opened up about his humble beginnings in an interview with the Sowetan saying he loves going to back to where it all started to visit Mary Tlolane a woman who’s like a grandmother to him.
“My real grandmother passed on in 1998, but she [Mary] is part of the family and I call her my grandmother. We are very close,” Tlolane tells Sunday World. I have four brothers and I’m the last born. I’m the closest to her,” he said.
He also goes to help the young aspiring football players realize they can do it too.
“I’m a pro footballer, but I don’t give them attitude. I respect the people at home and when I’m walking by and someone calls me, I go to them. I shouldn’t change just because I’m a footballer.
“Those people were my people before I became a pro footballer and they remain my people today. It’s something that gives the boys confidence.
“We play alongside each other and like me, they would be encouraged that they can also reach the top.”
“I’m just happy I fulfilled that dream. I remember my mom didn’t want me to play football and would rather have me focused on school.