Morris realises his dream with football club

POLOKWANE – “The previous name of the club was Morato FC and when I decided to take over and grow the club, I wanted to give it a name that would suit the area and the Royals immediately came to mind,” he explains.

Polokwane Royals caters for u/13, u/17 and a senior team that is open for all.

Aside from coaching the players, More also does the organising for all events and is accredited by the South African Football Association (Safa).

“When I finished high school my father asked me what I wanted to do with my life, and I answered I wanted to become a soccer player. Even though he was supportive of my dream, he still insisted that I study something so I settled on sport management,” he says.

After completing his studies, however, his dreams of becoming a soccer player were put on hold when he started his first job as a bank teller.

When he relocated to Polokwane he could finally realise his dream and calling by answering his passion for soccer and training young people to play the game he loves so much.

“I try to keep the boys off the street and I push them hard to reach their goals. One of the most rewarding things about my passion is when I see the positive change in the players I help. Recently, after the team won a match, I received a message from one of the boys saying he had never won anything until he became a soccer player for the club. It helps these boys lift up their heads and be proud of something they accomplish. I try and toughen them up and prepare them not only for football, but for life,” he says.

Morris More with some of his soccer players. Front: Karabo Mashishi, Mabitsi Jantjies, Kamogelo Makonyama, Mpo Kwanaete and Tebatso Semenya. Back: Kingsley Adams, Makwena Maupye and assistant coach Vhutsilo Mafala.

When he is not with his team, he coaches soccer at a school in the city.

His message to young people is life will never be the same for all of us. God will give some more than others, He will provide for some and take from some, but it is not about that. Life is about what you make of what you are given. “Let me take this experience and make something better of it; let me be the change in my family,” is the lesson he would like young people to learn. I want to help the boys explore the many possibilities open to them. The support my wife gives me helps me to make a success of everything I do and I believe it is important to always make time for family, regardless of how busy your life is.”

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