When Black Leopards take on Bloemfontein Celtic at Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium on Wednesday night, striker Rodney Ramagalela will officially take over the armband following his appointment as team captain this week.
Ramagalela returned to Lidoda Duvha last week after seven years away, where he played for clubs such as Mamelodi Sundowns, Golden Arrows and Highlands Park (now known as TS Galaxy).
During his first stint at the club, Ramagalela scored 13 goals in all competitions before his much publicised move to the Brazilians in 2013.
The 31-year-old also had a great stint at Polokwane City scoring 24 goals during his stay, but an injury as well as the death of his mother and daughter last season affected his form at Highlands Park, managing just three goals.
Ramagalela tells FARPost ahead of the match against Siwelele this evening that he is aware that people know him for scoring goals and he intends to maintain that reputation.
“I don’t think there is anything to prove,” said Ramagalela.
“Who should I prove to? Because I have been scoring all along. So you can’t say a person who lost his mother and a daughter in the same season has anything to prove. What is there to prove? I just have to go there and play the way I used to play. So I don’t have to prove anything to anyone,” he said.
After leaving Mamelodi Sundowns in 2015, Ramagalela has scored on his debut in all the three teams he joined, including his first match for Leopards this past Saturday.
“I think everyone who follows football knows me because I score goals, so that’s my job, I have to score goals so that I can stay on top of my game. So I believe that in each and every game for me is very important and that’s what is going to determine whether I fit or not.
“But I think for me what is more important is to help the team win, which I did over the weekend. It’s also not about me, if you check our team, we have been struggling since the return to the top division to finish at least in the top 10 so what is more important is to make sure that we don’t find ourselves in the relegation zone,” he added.
The match starts at 19:30.
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By Ofhani Munyai