Ngele eager to contribute to Sundowns’ success

Staff Reporter

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 14:00

Botswana international Mogakolodi Ngele says he is looking forward to contributing to the success of his South African club Mamelodi Sundowns.

The forward returned to Sundowns following a successful season-long loan stint at Bidvest Wits where he won the Absa Premiership title and MTN8 Cup with the Johannesburg side.

“The most important thing is to win as a team, especially when you contribute, not watching from the stand. You must also contribute in the success of the team. There’s always competition everywhere. All I need to do is work hard,” Ngele told The Star.

The 27-year-old, who has been linked with South African clubs SuperSport United, Platinum Stars as well as Orlando Pirates, is not thinking about leaving Sundowns.

“No comment. I am still left with one year plus an option to extend with Sundowns. For me what is more important is to play. If I’m not playing there’s no use for me to stay. I have to find a place somewhere I can play. Let us wait and see. My focus is still here at Sundowns,” he added.

Ngele, who played for Uniao Flamengo Santos and Township Rollers in the Botswana Premier League (BPL), is pleased to have sorted his work permit issues in South Africa.

”I have been waiting for my work permit, now it is sorted and I have to find a way in to the team. It has been difficult because I have been out of action for four months,” Ngele explained.

The former Botswana youth international captained Sundowns’ reserve team against SuperSport United in a Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) encounter on Saturday.

“It was the coach’s (Pitso Mosimane) instruction for me to play 60 minutes (at the MDC Festival). I’m tired now. I was also cramping but I will get there as time goes on,” Ngele concluded.

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Botswana star Ngele awaits documents from SA Home Affairs – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Mamelodi Sundowns

Mogakolodi Ngele of Bidvest Wits challenged by Bandile Shandu of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Maritzburg United and Bidvest Wits at Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg South Africa on 20 December 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 15, 2017. 14:00

Mamelodi Sundowns have released a statement concerning some of their foreign players including Botswana international Mogakolodi Ngele.

The 26-year-old forward has returned to the South African Premier Soccer League (EPL) giants following a successful loan spell with Bidvest Wits.

The midfielder-cum-striker helped Wits clinch the 2016 MTN8 Cup and 2016/17 ABSA Premiership last season during his stint with the South African club.

Ngele and Zimbabwean international Cuthbert Malajila, who also spent last season on loan at Wits, are still waiting for their South African permanent residency papers.

Sundowns, who lost 1-0 to Maritzburg United in the 2017 MTN8 Cup quarter-final match in Pretoria, released a statement on their official website.

A club statement read: “Dennis Onyango is out sick, while Ricardo Nascimento is still recovering from a groin operation.

“Mogakolodi Ngele and Cuthbert Malajila are still waiting for their permanent residency papers.

“Ghanaian goalkeeper Razak Brimah is awaiting his ITC papers from Spain.”

Ngele has spent five years in South Africa plying his trade in the PSL. He joined Platinum Stars from Botswana giants Township Rollers in 2012.

He signed for Sundowns in 2014 after playing an important role as Stars won the 2013 MTN8 Cup and 2013 Telkom KnockOut Cup.

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Sundowns star Ngele wanted by Pirates – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

Mogakolodi Ngele of Bidvest Wits challenged by Bandile Shandu of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Maritzburg United and Bidvest Wits at Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg South Africa on 20 December 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jul 27, 2017. 14:00

South African side Orlando Pirates are reportedly keen to acquire the services of Botswana international Mogakolodi Ngele.

The 26-year-old forward spent last season on the books of Bidvest Wits on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns.

Ngele helped Wits clinch their first ever Premier Soccer League (PSL) title and he has since returned to his parent club.

Recent reports have indicated that Sundowns are open to selling the left-footed player, who has won one PSL title with the club.

According to The Citizen source, Pirates are confident of completing Ngele’s signing before this weekend’s Carling Black Label Cup.

“They want Ngele and have made an offer to Sundowns. He might even be available by Saturday for the Carling Cup,” the source said.

Pirates are scheduled to take on their fierce rivals Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Ngele was linked with a possible move to Pirates before he joined Sundowns from Platinum Stars in 2014.

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Why Mogakolodi Ngele captained Botswana – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Mogakolodi Ngele of Botswana

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jun 13, 2017. 16:00

Botswana head coach Peter Butler has explained why Mogakolodi Ngele captained the Zebras over the weekend.

The 26-year-old forward captained the Zebras as they lost 1-0 to Mauritania in their maiden 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier on Saturday.

After the encounter which was played in Francistown, Botswana, English tactician Butler discussed why Ngele was handed the captaincy in the absence of Ofentse Nato.

The Bidvest Wits striker helped his club win the South African Absa Premiership and MTN8 Cup during the 2016/17 season, while on-loan from Mamelodi Sundowns.

“Tsotso Ngele has had a wonderful season and he has come in, we didn’t have Ofentse Nato because he is not match fit,” Butler told the media.

“I think Tsotso is a type of lad that needs to take more responsibility because he is a quite character.

“I thought he grew into the game and did extremely good. On another day that shot goes in.”

The Zebras will remain in camp as they prepare for the 2017 COSAFA Cup and 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers.

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