Cape Town - Despite still harbouring the dream of playing overseas, Orlando Pirates striker Lehlohonolo Majoro admits that the culture at the Soweto giants is rare and he is proud to be part of the historic club.
Majoro is the latest South African soccer start to join forces with PUMA. (Read that story HERE!)
"It’s every players dream to play overseas and I am no different." admits Majoro.
While the Sea Robbers forward has been in a rich vein of form for the PSL club, Majoro is not eyeing a particular move to a specific country.
Majoro said: "I have no particular preference which country I go to but it has to be country that has a football level that is higher than South Africa."
The Orlando Pirates striker believes that a move overseas will "naturally improve your standard as a player" before adding "Football is a competitive sport and we all strive to be better than we were yesterday and take our craft to the next level, the monetary rewards are secondary."
Speaking about the club he signed for in 2013, Majoro said: "Orlando Pirates is a big happy family, a family that will
praise you when you doing well and support you when things are not going well."
"Players here have a rare quality that you don’t find often in football,
honesty. I am very proud to call them teammates and there is no doubt we will
achieve a lot together in the future."
Majoro was asked to provide some advice to young soccer players dreaming about turning professional.
The striker responded: "I would advise youngsters to choose an agent that has their
best interest at heart, a person who will also support you at your lowest
point. On fame, they should not let their name or their fame precede them,
always stay focused on what got you that fame in the first place, your work.
"On investing money, I would advise them to look for business opportunities
while they still playing football, it will help them to put their hard earned money
into useful things and by the time they retire, their businesses would be up
"Lastly, they should exercise patience. I only started playing
at the highest level at the very late age of 24, I have made my mark in a very
short space of time, they can do the same."
PUMA's rise to prominence in recent years was a factor in his decision to join the likes of Steven Pienaar, Oupa Manyisa and Tokelo Rantie in the PUMA stable.
"PUMA has upped the stakes in the past few years and everyone
has noticed the great changes.
"For a player like myself, who has had a fair
share of tough moments in the last year or so, there is no better way to
announce my second coming than to join forces with a brand that has similar
ambition and drive like me. I love the direction that PUMA has been on this
past few years and I wanted to be a part of that."
Majoro's PUMA deal with see the striker don the "evoPOWER" boots.
"We all remember early last year when
the boot launched with all the global superstars like Fabregas, Rues and my
favourite Balloteli, evoPOWER took football boot technology to the next level.
"I have only just started training with them and they are lighter than they look
and I can’t wait to spot them in an official match in the next few weeks."