Polokwane City star Puleng Marema has dedicated the club’s promotion to the DStv Premiership to his late father and Uncle. Marema played one of the toughest seasons of his career this past Motsepe Foundation Championship campaign. But he met a moment by securing a title league filled with meaning.

The 32-year-old forward lost his father and uncle throughout the past two seasons, which was obviously not easy for him—but that didn’t keep him off the beautiful game that he loves.


With those all problems, the kind of mental strength and character that the veteran player has shown since being relegated with the team three years ago, has led him to consistently find himself back in the PSL top flight.

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One could have not known the biggest reason why Marema went all out to give a top performance, but after the match he revealed that he was doing it for the two passed on gentlemen, his father, and uncle.

In the final match of the season, Marema was on the scoresheet as Polokwane City thrashed Pretoria Callies 4-0 at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on the past weekend.

“I’m too emotional my man, I’m too emotional. I don’t know what to say,” Marema told Journalists after the match in Polokwane.

“I tried twice and I failed, this season I said, you know what, I’m going to try it again. It was difficult because last season I lost my father, this season I lost my uncle a few days ago, so this is for them.

Puleng Marema dedicates Polokwane City promotion to his late father
Polokwane City celebrate promotion

“The past two years were difficult for me and I couldn’t go to the funeral, so to score today it’s for my uncle and the Championship is for my father.”


“I wanted to promote this team. Everyone who wrote me off were saying why am I still here, I don’t deserve to be here. So today I’m here, I’m a champion, I am a winner,” said Marema.

“I am happy and proud of the boys. We did and gave everything. Thanks to the chairman, he believed in me. When we got relegated, everyone left, and I said I’m not going anywhere, and I will take this team where it belongs and here I am today.”

By Clifton Mabasa


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