What is your off season training schedule like? Do you exercise every day?
LL: It’s not as intense as the usual training done during season after all I am on holiday, but i do make sure I keep my fitness up by training 3 times a week
How did you get into soccer?
LL: It started at a young age as a young boy from the village. I saw it as something that kept me busy and away from trouble. When I got to matric that’s when I really started to enjoy soccer for the sport it is.
Who were some soccer role models you looked up to when you were growing up?
LL: Jerry Skhosana is the 1st mentor I looked up to. He was my coach in the Vodacom League and he is the coach that built me into the player I am, even teaching me the step over was a skill I perfected from him.
Who is the sports icon that has influenced you the most in your career?
LL: It still remains Jerry Skhosana.
Do you have a special routine or superstition before you play a game?
LL: I have been taught at a young age by my grandmother that the most important thing to do everyday is to pray no matter what the outcome is I always make sure to pray and ask God for guidance before every game.
What do you do on your off time? Do you have a hobby?
LL: The most important thing I do is give time to my family as they live in Joburg and i am Durban, so most of my time is spent with them. We have just come back from the Kruger from a mini holiday.
Another thing close to my heart which I do every year is a tournament called the ‘Lerato Lamola Winter Games’ under the the Lerato Lamola Foundation. It’s a way I give back to the community by hosting a soccer tournament which the main aim is collecting school shoes and pads for the kids in the community of Ivory Park and Mapela in Limpopo as a way to say thank you.
How would you like to be remembered in the game?
LL: I would like to be remembered as a player who played fair football, someone who never gave up on my dream of playing soccer despite the age that I started playing professional football and for scoring goals.
Who is your favourite team mate and why?
LL: Matome Mathiane! We have played together from ABC Motsepe League /Vodacom League and continued our friendship. Since then he has become more like a brother then a friend or teammate.
Which coach has had the biggest impact on your game, and why?
LL: I wouldn’t be able to pick one because each coach that has coached me has taught me something new and each had a impact on the player I am today