Football star Puleng Tlolane keeps it humble: ‘I respect the people at home’

Football star Puleng Tlolane keeps it humble: ‘I respect the people at home’

- Puleng Tlolane plays for Polokwane City

- Despite his success as a professional footballer, he keeps it humble

- He also takes part in local tournaments

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Polokwane City's Puleng Tlolane remains grounded and humble despite his success as a professional footballer.

The 17-year-old attacking midfielder even takes part in local football tournaments in Zebediela, Polokwane, during breaks from the professional game.

Speaking to Sowetan Live, Puleng said he appreciates the fact that it takes a village to raise a child. Therefore, he strives to respect everyone at home.

No attitude.

Puleng said:

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.

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Local tournaments.

He added that he participates in the local tournaments to give youngsters confidence and encouragement to believe they can also get to the top.

The talented footballer said although his mom didn't want him to play football as a child, she was happy to see him succeed and even appear on TV.

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Puleng is close to Mary Tlolane, an elderly relative whom he considers his grandmother. He's the last born among four brothers. However, everyone at home is part of a big family:

But, all said, home is home. You remain a part of your people whether you find fame or not.

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