My Road To Recovery – Morena

Thapelo Morena is well on his way to a full recovery, a sight welcomed by the technical team after the utility player’s injury in the Tshwane derby four months ago.

With Mamelodi Sundowns leading SuperSport United 1-0 in the opening round of the Nedbank Cup, a nasty incident forced Morena off the pitch.

After surgery on his ankle and the rehab that followed, Morena has now spoken about his road to returning to the field again.

“My foot is not 100 percent, I push myself to a certain limit with team exercises and those that I feel my foot can’t take yet I then do other activities such as cycling,  strengthening and mobility,” he says, referring to the online training with the rest of the squad.

“With the moonboot the exercises are limited and therefore I only had to do those that will not pose a threat to my foot. With that being said, my strong mentality that I can overcome this is what kept me going as well as eating healthy and positive lifestyle.”

Morena has since removed the protective boot, allowing him to increase the intensity a little more – squats, speed drills and some on the ball training.

“Without the moonboot I keep focused by reminding myself of the end goal, where do I want to see myself by the time the league resumes. The team allocated me a physical trainer (Thato) and he has been very helpful and motivating. He helps me a lot with my rehabilitation progress and exercises,” he elaborates.

“It felt inspirational, I could see myself back on the pitch. From that day my whole mentality changed because I saw the possibility of everything again. My injury was not easy even dealing with it wasn’t easy, so every milestone is worth a celebration.”

With the green light from the Premier Soccer League, clubs are expected to resume training soon and for Morena, that’s another milestone.

“You never know how joyful and important something really is until you lose the sight of it. Boredom is taking a strain on us but with football around, we know things will change for the better. Can’t wait to give Mzansi that joy again,” says the speedster.

24 Responses
    1. Josias

      An inspiration to all the young and local football players. We love seeing you in the pitch, your style of play is so musical.

    1. Mike

      Speedy recovery to you Matrapa ,hopefully you will be there when the games begin. Miss those sprints,you are unstoppable. May the Lord be with you all the way

  1. Ketlhotswe

    Wish you the best Recovery Thapz aka trap trap Matorokise. I miss your play please recovery so that wen next season we can see you on the field of play 😊

  2. Paster Dingulwazi Nkosi

    Speed recovery T man, we prayed and we still pray that what you started finish it Bafo get these two cups for us. You deserve it, it’s your hard work my man. I believe you will be more stronger, those who wrote you off our God is great and bigger than their wishes.

  3. Jimmy

    can someone at Sundowns post player videos on youtube ,there is hardly any Sundowns player videos on youtube other than Gaston and Themba videos – or Sundowns don’t want to market their players ?

  4. Sam z mahlase

    Keep well and we wish you well Matrapane we miss you big time sky i was praying for your total recovery, praise God he has done it for you our Greatest asset kabo yellow Thapelo 👆👆👆…Sam

  5. Vuyelwa Bikane

    In you I believe soon u will b gracing our TV Screens doing what u do best. I have been following ur road 2 recovery nd i must say i m hpy with the progress. Good one my brother. U remain in our prayers

  6. Da potas

    Speedy recovery ” Fast n Furious, we want you in battlefield once the pls games start, we believe in u n u are the engine of our team.ka boyellow

  7. Ntokozo G Mbatha

    Get well soon Thapelo.. we want you back on the field of play, more especially on our CAF games..and the domestic league too when it resumes.