Tebogo ‘Messi’ Tlolane opens up on lack of game time at Pirates

Tebogo ‘Messi’ Tlolane opens up on lack of game time at Pirates

- Orlando Pirates youngster Tebogo Tlolane had a great season with Chippa United and the Buccaneers came calling

- However, he struggled for game time and is trying to make sense of the situation

- He was loaned to Maritzburg United in January and has been a mainstay ever since

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Orlando Pirates saw the potential in Tebogo 'Messi' Tlolane after his impressive emergence at Chippa United last season.

The nickname 'Messi' says it all and big things were expected of the talented youngster this term.

However, Tlolane struggled for game time and only featured once - a substitute appearance of less than 10 minutes.

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Soccer Laduma reported that Tlolane has also been baffled by the decision, but has remained positive.

Tlolane said, "The only thing that I can say is that I was working hard, I was doing the best that I can and I have to also understand that the coach can only pick 11 players to start and the ones to be on the bench.”

Tlolane explained that the experience served as a character-building exercise and how he was forced to work on his mentality.

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The 25-year-old added, “It was very, very difficult period when I wasn’t playing. It was the first time in my career that I’ve been out for so long without playing."

His time at the Bucs was sandwiched between the 2018/ 2019 season at Chippa United, where he made 29 league starts, and his current loan spell at Maritzburg United.

Under the guidance of coach Eric Tinkler, Tlolane has become a permanent fixture at the Team of Choice.

Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that Richard Ofori and Rushine De Reuck were reportedly on their way out of Maritzburg United.

Reports surfaced that the two stars were on their way to Orlando Pirates.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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