Orlando Pirates defender Tebogo Tlolane has no qualms about being sent out on loan for the second consecutive season. On the contrary, he is using it as motivation to follow in the footsteps of Themba Zwane and Thembinkosi Lorch.
Despite featuring for the Buccaneers in the opening match of the season, the club confirmed that the man nicknamed ‘Messi’ would be spending the season out on loan at Maritzburg United.
This may not be a bad thing at all, last season, the 25-year-old struggled for game-time in the first half of the campaign, but experienced contrasting fortunes when he joined the Team of Choice, making 15 appearances, scoring two goals and providing eight assists in the process.
Now, with the former Jomo Cosmos man set to spend the second season on loan in KZN, he explains to Soccer Laduma edition 1197 why he is viewing the loan move as a step in the right direction.
“I really didn’t take this in a negative way. Even the top players in the country have had loan stints. If you look at Percy Tau, he’s one of the best now. Themba Zwane had a loan stint at Mpumalanga Black Aces. Thembinkosi Lorch had his time at Maluti FC and Chippa United and now he is a household name, but for him to get to where he is now, he had to be playing regular football. So, that’s what we need. When the coach calls you back, you have to be ready to play regular football,” Tlolane said.
Tlolane also discusses:
- Being used as a sacrificial lamb for the Ofori deal
- What the coach said to him upon his return to Pirates
- His ambitions to play for the national team
Be sure to get yourself the latest issue of Soccer Laduma edition 1197, available in stores!
Have a look at Pirates’ 28-man squad after Tlolane's exit and the signing of Richard Ofori, among other changes: