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Tlolane: I was welcomed by Maritzburg

Tebogo Tlolane says the warm welcome he received by Maritzburg United upon his arrival in January helped him settle at the club.

Tlolane has been a regular in Eric Tinkler's side since joining from Orlando Pirates.

The defender explained that he was also afforded some wise words from Tinkler, that made him feel welcome at the Team of Choice.

He told Soccer Laduma: "The encouragement that I got when I arrived here, because I was worried and not just about the technical team, but by the players. As soon as I arrived, the players were all excited to see me. So they also gave me that encouragement – that boost.

"Also, the head coach, first day when I arrived coach Eric Tinkler told me that he wanted me to enjoy myself again and that he knows what I can bring to the team.

"It was very easy after hearing those words from him, he made it easy for me.

"The rest was for me to go onto the pitch and enjoy myself and I was grateful enough to start very well and to get the ball rolling.

"But I also have to give much credit to the team – the players, technical team and the supports, because the first time I got there for the first game they were excited to see me on the pitch.

The 25-year-old Tlolane has previously played for Jomo Cosmos and Chippa United.