Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Veteran Moloi warns players against alcohol abuse

Retired former Mochudi Centre Chiefs skipper Pontsho Moloi has urged domestic players to refrain from alcohol and drug abuse as it limits their playing days. 

Moloi quit football when he was 35 while most local footballers retire at a much early age.

He blamed alcohol for early retirement.

“It’s important to do the right things as a footballer and take care of your body. It is not easy but very important to stay away from alcohol abuse and drugs,” said Moloi. 

The much celebrated midfielder revealed that he stayed longer in footballer due to the respect he showed to the game. 

“The secret is to take care of yourself on and off the pitch and stay disciplined. Go out there and have fun but don’t let fame disturb one as a player,” Moloi said.

Moloi revealed that most local players have the tendency to go out and abuse alcohol after matches which is not appropriate for a sportsman. 

He said his experience in the professional setup in South Africa during his time at Bay United taught him a lot as a footballer. 

“Professional coaches will always have a recovery training after matches the following day. So if you go out drinking then you will struggle the following day which will affect a player for some time to catch up with teammates. Like it or not off the pitch lifestyle always catches up with you on the pitch. It’s not a crime to take two drinks and rest the body,” narrated Moloi.

However, Moloi will not be missed in the football fraternity as he is still part of Chiefs family either at technical or administration level. 

“I will never be lost to the game. I am still with Chiefs for continuity as it is important for me to continue preaching the culture of Magosi to upcoming youngsters,” concluded Moloi.

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