How Motloung defied his father’s wish to realise his own dream


Football would have probably lost a star to Athletics if Nicholas Motloung’s late father’s wish was granted.

The Polokwane City defender was a popular athlete amongst his peers while growing up and represented his schools at Primary as well as Secondary Level in Vanderbijlpark.

Although his father, Isaac, was a soccer player, he always discouraged the 24-year-old from playing football and his wish was to see him being a professional athlete.

“After school hours I would go play soccer then go for athletics afterwards but my father was against me playing soccer and it was after he passed on that I left athletics to focus full-time on soccer,” Motloung told FARPost.

“I have a lot of bronze medals from the Provincial athletics I used to participate in because I always took position 3. But I had the love for soccer when I was still a young boy as my father used to tell me stories about his soccer days but I was shocked that he didn’t want me to play soccer.

“He was always encouraging me to work harder in athletics and used to take me to sessions for some drills so he did not want me to play soccer. I am even shocked that I am a professional soccer player today because he used to even beat me when I went to play soccer,” he said.

Motloung senior passed away in 2010 and was laid to rest on 11 July, the day of the World Cup Final between Netherlands and Spain.

“It is my dream now to play for the national team so I will continue to work harder. I want to wear the national team colours with my father’s surname so that whenever he is looking down on me, he realises that I am making him proud even though it was not his ideal career choice but something that I love dearly,” concluded Motloung.

Mbazo as he is affectionately known has been a pillar in the Rise and Shine defence ever since making his debut last season.

Ever since he was promoted from the MDC side, Motloung has made 41 appearances.

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