#TuksFootball: Lebohang ‘Music Man’ Montueli wants to play a vital role for Tuks in the 2021 Varsity Football tournament

Posted on September 22, 2021

Music is what defines Lebohang Montueli of TuksFootball, as a person. When listening to the correct lyrics, he is capable of incredible feats on a football field. 

The goal he scored against Wits in the Varsity Football tournament is proof. Montueli caught the Wits goalkeeper out of the line with a long-range shot. It is considered to be one of the best goals so far.

The Tuks player, who is doing his Master's degree in Religious Studies, is not too fazed by what happened. He had a foreboding in the morning of the game. The feeling that he would do something extraordinary was enhanced during the team's warmup as he listened to music. 

"I love to listen to the lyrics of songs. It gets me thinking, and it motivates me. That is why I am continuously listening to music. The song I heard before we played Wits gave me a belief in my abilities as a footballer."

When not studying or playing football, there is nothing Montueli loves more than to direct music videos. To him, there is no greater satisfaction than bringing images and music together. 

But for now, it is not his focus. What matters is to get Tuks to win the Varsity Football title. This is the last year that the AmaTuks player is eligible to play Varsity Football tournament. 

As one of the team "elders", Montueli experienced joy in 2017, when Tuks beat TUT in the final. 

"I was not a regular for Tuks in 2017, but still to be part of the team that won is something I will remember for some time to come." 

It is hard to believe, but the goal Montueli scored against Wits is only his second for Tuks in a Varsity game. He scored his only other goal for Tuks in 2019 against North-West. 

Playing football will never be about personal glory for Montueli.

"When I play football, it is as if I forget about all my problems. All that matters is the world inside the football world. You get united as a team on the field. It is all about togetherness, fighting for each other. If one of us has an off day, it can impact the whole team. It takes a lot to get a team of 11 players to function as one. That is what I love about football."

Montueli, who plays as a midfielder, considers his work ethic on the field as his best quality as a footballer. He is also a big motivator on the field. He is the one who is continuously finding ways to encourage teammates. 

- Author Wilhelm De Swardt

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