Quitting football was never an option: Ngele

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Mogakolodi Ngele says he has been received warmly at his new club Black Leopards. The midfielder arrived at the Limpopo side from Mamelodi Sundowns last week after spending the whole of last season training by himself.

Ngele says he holds no grudges over what happened to him at Sundowns, adding that he kept his mind busy with his private business.

Ngele says: “I have not played in a while and everyone welcomed me warmly. It’s good to play soccer, I missed playing even though last season they did not register me.  I have been training alone even in Botswana. I think it’s normal even in life you have ups and downs as a human being I prepared myself even when I was back at home. I knew someday there would be these challenges so I was doing my business things and not focusing on soccer.”

Ngele adds that he never entertained thoughts of quitting football even when he was in the wilderness last term.

The 28 year old reveals that he took his situation on the chin and motivated his friends at Township Rollers in the Botswana Premier League.

“I’m a person that never gives up until I finish a course. Even when I wasn’t playing and struggling I had support from my friends, family and loved ones I was not bothered. I would go watch my friends play at Township Rollers and they would ask how I was handling my situation and I would motivate them and tell them to not give up.”

“Tsotso” as Ngele is affectionately known says only time will tell Li Doda Duvha’s direction for the upcoming Absa Premiership campaign.

Ngele is grateful to the club for showing interest in him.

They are the ones who showed interest. After the chairman called me I said let me go and give it a try.

This is a much better opportunity for me, to start pre-season with the club, so pre-season performance will determine my performance for the season” Report by Lethabo Kganyago

Listen to Ngele speaking in Setswana about his life at Leopards