... but he was stunned by the amount he scored
MAMELODI Sundowns’ slayer, Rodney Ramagalela, knew he was going to score against his former team.
But the number of goals he scored on Tuesday at Loftus Versfeld surprised him. The 28-year-old forward inspired Polokwane City to a 2-1 win over the African champions with a brace to walk away with the Man of the Match award and remind those who might have forgotten what he can offer with a brilliant goal just a couple of steps away from the halfway line.
“I had nothing to prove to Sundowns,” Ramagalela said. “This was part of fulfilling our mission to finish in the top eight for a second successive season. There was nothing to prove because they already know what I can do. It was nice to score against them. I didn’t expect that it would be two goals, at least one. I knew that I would score because I studied their defence. They are very slow and over-confident.”
Sundowns’ coach Pitso Mosimane scoffed at that comment from the striker he deemed surplus to his needs having failed to find the back of the net regularly in the three years Ramagalela spent with the Brazilians.
“It’s always good (to talk) after you are the hero and scored two goals,” Mosimane said. “It’s OK. Leave RamaG and let him have fun. He should have targeted (defenders) when he was here with us But he had a brilliant game, take nothing away from that.”
The former national Under-23 player is an unorthodox striker. He isn’t a technically gifted player. But what he lacks in technique, he makes up with speed, powerful shot and high work rate. He ran the Brazilians’ defence ragged and had a field day with Soumahoro Bangaly.
“You know that RamaG is one guy who works hard,” Ramagalela said. “When you work hard, you will be repaid at the end. I didn’t relax when I joined Polokwane City after leaving Sundowns – coming with the mentality that I was coming from a big team. I told myself that I must fight for my position and show people that all I did before wasn’t a fluke. The rejection didn’t kill me because I never doubted my talent.”