How Maela can emulate his big brother


AmaZulu defender Tsepo Masilela has expressed his happiness at how his brother is performing at Orlando Pirates.

Innocent Maela, 27, has been one of Pirates' regulars in the last two seasons, which has seen him getting Bafana Bafana call-ups.

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His older half-brother Masilela, who has been playing professional football for more than a decade and played in big tournaments such as the World Cup, Africa Cup of Nations and UEFA Champions League, is very happy with his progress.

"We do talk sometimes, we exchange messages," the 34-year-old Masilela said.

"I'm just happy that he's willing to improve and be consistent because some players usually get comfortable after making their breakthrough."

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Masilela, whose consistency in his younger years led to a move to Maccabi Haifa in Israel and then a season on to LaLiga side Getafe, believes Maela can get even better.

"I always tell him to stay humble, keep on working hard and the coaches are there to guide him on his game," he added.

"I'm just happy he's been consistent at Orlando Pirates since he broke into the team, there was no period where he was not on form."

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