It has not been a pleasant year for Highlands Park striker Rodney Ramagalela who lost both his daughter and his mother within a space of 3 months in 2019.
Ramagalela was hoping to have a positive start to his Lions of the North career after signing from Polokwane City but the loss of the 2 beloved loved ones left the striker emotionally broken.
The 2017/18 Absa Premiership joint top goal scorer opened up in an exclusive interview with FARPost.co.za during our recent visit to his home Village of Mamvuka in Limpopo on Christmas Day about the life challenges that deeply affected his career.
“My mom is one person who always wanted to see me scoring goals so it would be an honour for me to go on stage as a top goal scorer and for my daughter I think I have to find something to name after her as she was still young so that she can be remembered so I think that’s one thing that I would want her to have,” Ramagalela told FARPost.co.za
The 30-year-old admits it has not been easy to adjust to the unfortunate incidents.
“It is very hard for me to cope with the situation after losing both of them but look my family has been there for me because I am the bread winner so they want to make sure that I recover quicker and also my partner has been there. This also includes my friends who have been sending me messages on my social network pages they are really doing their best to help me.
“Highlands Park as my home have been doing their best to make sure that I am fine and relaxed and come back strong next year so it is quite difficult but I am coping,” he added.
Ramagalela is also famous for doing interviews in his home Language (Tshivenda) in honour of his father who is blind.
The striker recently recovered from an injury that kept him out for more than 6 weeks.
By Ofhani Munyai