Tlou Segolela is no new name in the soccer world. He is renowned for his prowess in the field where he stars as a right-winger. His remarkable pace in the field earned him the nickname Riya Vaya because once he had the ball, no one could catch up with him. His speed was simply unmatched, and his pace made other defenders look as if they were standing.
The footballer has played for various football teams such as Orlando Pirates and the South African national team. He made his debut in 2010 when he represented the country four times. His career kick-started at the popular Orlando Pirates' youth academy, through which he made it to the first team in 2007.
- Full name: Tlou Segolela
- Year of birth: March 1, 1988
- Age: 32 years
- Gender: Male
- Career: Footballer
- Nationality: South African
- Tlou Segolela current team: None
The talented right-winger was born on March 1, 1988, in Polokwane, Limpopo, in the heart of South Africa. He attended Mokgoba Primary School and later joined Seshego High in Polokwane, where he was famous for his running skills. Interesting to note, he never dreamt of becoming a successful footballer. As a young boy, he was comfortable being a herd boy for his dad's cattle.
However, fate had other plans for him as being a herd boy came in handy to the man he is today. In an interview with the Drum, he stated:
I loved looking after my father's cattle, And I believe that being a herd boy helped me become the man I am today because even as a young child, I would go to the fields early in the morning and return at 5 pm. So I never had time to be involved in any bad things. And I learnt to run really fast! Some people thought I should pursue athletics, but I couldn't take the panic attacks. I would shake nervously before each race.
The fastest player in the PSL started at the Orlando Pirates' youth academy, after which he made it to the first team in 2007. Tlou Segolela teams he has previously played for include the Buccaneers, Orlando Pirates, the Bloemfontein Celtic F.C., among others. Despite having played for popular teams, today, he is not part of any club since his last top-flight stint with Polokwane in 2017.
In an interview with KickOff, he revealed that he would be available to play in any league if the opportunities came by,
This is football. It's all about opportunities. If you no longer get them, it is what it is. It also doesn't have a duration; it can happen at any time.
I don't have any regrets, I've done my part. Sometimes you have to accept that football is all about opportunities, and the needs of the club are more than [needs of] players.
I haven't retired, I'm still available to play for any club. It can either be Absa Premiership or GladAfrica Championship, as long as I'm getting any opportunity to play because football is my life.
The player has managed to keep his love life private. There is no information about Tlou Segolela wife available to the public eye.
Here are the player's current statistics.
- Position: Forward- right-winger
- Height: 171 cm
- Tlou Segolela speed: 88
- Acceleration: 92
- Agility: 84
- Balance: 81
- Dribbling: 79
Love for cars
The young lad has depicted his love for cars over the years. In 2010, he was a proud owner of a silver-grey Gold 6. Tlou Segolela car model 2015 Corolla Quest 1.6 was in the process of being repossessed by Toyota Financial Services after the legendary footballer star failed to meet his end of the bargain monthly installments.
The company applied for a default judgment through its lawyers. It is also alleged that Tlou Segolela house stuff would also be repossessed to cater to some of the payments.
What is Tlou Segolela net worth?
The footballer is said to have a net worth of about $7 million. His wealth is believed to have been acquired from his successful career as a footballer.
Tlou Segolela 2019 was no walk in the park. He was involved in a car accident along with other players for ABC Motsepe League side Polokwane City Rovers. The team members were allegedly traveling from the clubhouse to Alabama Stadium when their driver lost control of the 22-seater bus and collided with another car. Luckily, no one was hurt, and the team continued with their journey.
Tlou Segolela has proved to be a player whose talent is visible and admirable. His ability to sprint at high speed has seen him play in various notable matches in the country. He continues to be an inspiration to many young players with a passion for soccer.