Kaizer Chiefs ball wizard Jabu Pule has revealed how a few stern words from the clubs chairman early in the season changed his approach to the game.
Speaking in the latest edition of Soccer-Laduma FullTime magazine, Pule says: Mr (Kaizer) Motaung had some strong words for me early in the season.
He told me that I need to develop into a better player. He reminded me of the time I wasted last season.
He even told me that he was also a player once and he went through all the same problems I was now facing and that I needed to be strong.
I really appreciated his caring attitude towards me, added Pule.
The diminutive winger also says Motaung is held in exceptionally high regard by all the clubs players.
Mr Motaung is like a father to all the Chiefs players. He is there for the players when they are facing problems in their private lives.
I will never forget Mr Motaung for what he has done for me in life.
Pule has been in scintillating form for the Phefeni Glamour boys this season, thrilling crowds and mesmerising defenders with consummate ease.
The Daveyton-born youngster finally appears to be doing his wonderful talent justice as he keeps his personal life on the straight and narrow.
And if he continues in this vein, the 23-year-old may finally realise his dream of playing in one of Europes top leagues.
I still have high hopes that Ill go and play my football overseas, Pule is quoted as saying.
I know that I messed it up when I was given the chance at Olympique Marseille in France.
Im working hard to convince everyone that Im ready for the overseas offers.
Pule is part of the 22-man Bafana Bafana squad for the African Nations Cup in Tunisia.
A good showing in the continental showpiece may well prove his ticket to a lucrative contract abroad a fantastic opportunity for the player, but sadly for his millions of fans in South Africa, the loss of the most entertaining players in local soccer.