Orlando Pirates winger Vincent Pule has admitted that he drew inspiration from former Kaizer Chiefs star Siphiwe Tshabalala whilst growing up in Phuthaditjhaba.
Pule spent some time as a ball-boy for Free State Stars before breaking into professional football at African Warriors under former coach Thami Ngubane.
The skilful winger then secured a move to Absa Premiership outfit Bidvest Wits in 2014, although he did have a trial with Ajax Cape Town before joining up with the Clever Boys.
"I arrived at Warriors as a skinny kid but I think Thami Ngubane saw something in me that he thought would be of use to him in his team," Pule says in KICK OFF magazine.
"We have never had many players from Phuthaditjhaba that I know of besides Paulus Masehe. And what inspired me was that I used to see players like Siphiwe Tshabalala going to training because they stayed in my hood while they were with Free State Stars.
"I was always a ball-boy for the old African Warriors which had Fees Moloi, Ace Gulwa, Joseph Bwalya, Lereko [Mathe] and Molefi [Sekhokho].
"Whenever they played at Charles Mopeli Stadium, I was inspired by being close to the field that I also saw myself becoming a professional player."
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