Orlando Pirates captain Innocent Maela gives back to hometown community

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Orlando Pirates captain Innocent Maela.
Orlando Pirates captain Innocent Maela.
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Orlando Pirates captain Innocent Maela has taken the opportunity during the ongoing World Cup break to give back to his community.

Maela was back in his hometown of eMalahleni when visiting Witbank High School to donate soccer equipment.

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The Buccaneers captain was also joined by former Golden Arrows defender, Mthokozisi Dube during the visit where they were welcomed by more than 300 excited pupils.

"The reception was amazing, I didn't expect the numbers to be so high, so thank you to Witbank High, and thank you to everyone who came out," Maela told KickOff.

"I also want to thank Adidas for coming on board and donating the soccer equipment.

"The reason why I came back is that I needed to come back and give back to the community.

"To give back to my former school and make sure we keep the fire burning to allow the kids to continue to play not only soccer but also hockey, cricket and other sporting codes.

"We encourage them to continue to play sports because it helps them in many ways, it will help them move away from drugs and other illegal substances."

Orlando Pirates captain Innocent Maela.
Orlando Pirates captain Innocent Maela.
Orlando Pirates captain Innocent Maela.
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Maela is currently recovering from an injury sustained before the World Cup break but hopes to be fit in time for the resumption of the against Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on December 31.

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