But there was no nerves running through Ramagalela’s veins in Highlands Park’s goalless draw with Polokwane City at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in the first leg of their MTN8 semi-final.
“I have never been nervous of facing anyone,” Ramagalela said in a matter-of-fact tone. “Polokwane City is like any team in the PSL. I can’t be nervous. It’s not like (Mamelodi) Sundowns or (Orlando) Pirates, Polokwane City, with all due respect, they are still a small team. So, there is no being nervous when it comes to football, especially for RamaG.”
Ramagalela came of the bench to rattle Rise and Shine’s defence with his sheer power and pace. The 30-year-old has the ability to make something out of nothing. He almost did that against Polokwane but their goalkeeper was alert to deny Ramagalela what would have been a huge goal in his homecoming.
“It’s the beautiful game. We have to enjoy it,” Ramagalela said. “It was good for me to be in my former team. I felt at home because they never booed me like they used to do in Venda. I was happy to be here. I am trying to get back to my best, as you know I lost my daughter weeks ago. It hasn’t been easy. But as a footballer I just have to carry myself and keep going.”