Following a football career that took him to a number of clubs, including Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu, former striker Fees Moloi retired from the game in 2008 after a stint with African Warriors in the second tier.
In his heyday in Mzansi’s topflight, Moloi was a lethal striker who scored goals for QwaQwa Stars, Vaal Professionals, Manning Rangers, Ria Stars and Santos, among other clubs.
Moloi says having to juggle between football and education was one of the most challenging moments of his career.
“There was a very challenging stage in my career, and it was in 1999 when I decided to go back to the college to finish my studies. I was playing for Manning Rangers at the time and the club’s head coach was Gordon Igesund. I was finishing my diploma in teaching at one of the colleges in Phuthaditjhaba (in the Free State) and the club was based in KwaZulu-Natal. I had to go attend classes full time during the week and had to go and play matches on weekends and that was not easy to do. The coach had been fair enough to decide to allow me to train on my own and trusted me in doing so. I would join the team on match days, or sometimes a day before the match. That was the most challenging year of my life,” said Moloi, speaking to the Siya crew.
“The problem I had was that my teammates were not happy about that arrangement. They were complaining that I was given too much freedom, but I was always in the starting line-up on match days even though I didn’t train with them during the week. According to them, the coached liked me and was doing me favours. But I kept them silent by producing good performances and I scored goals. I went on to win the Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season awards and was called up for Bafana Bafana for the first time in my career,” he boats.
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