One of the Zebras most capped players, Mogogi Gabonamong popularly known
as  “GINO’’or Manchester by his lovers and football pundits willing be
pulling the curtain on highly successful career after a very lengthy,
successful and illustrious career lasting nineteen years.

The Township Rollers player made this public announcement recently after
winning his second league trophy with the Mma-Masire based outlet in his
second spell as a popa player.

The versatile play-maker who boasts a wealth of experience started his
football career at 16 years age making him the youngest player to debut for
the senior national team.

As his nickname “Manchester’’ suggest he also went for trials at Manchester
United at a very young age. Surely the above accolades were of a star in
the making and of none, other than one that will result in the making of a
legend, “Gino”.

Speaking on Duma FM studio, during the home and away show hosted by Leatile
Mmutle, Mogogi called it quits after a long career for both club and
country saying it was time to make way for other players. He attributed
most of his success to mentors like Jelusic Vesaline, Stanley Tshoswane and
Major David Bright who had a great impact on his professional growth.

“When Vesaline arrived at the Zebras from Angola, he really wanted us to
jel as a team and individually told us what he wanted from us as players,”
said Mogogi.

Mogogi described Vesaline as a coach who believed in formations, citing the
combination of Dipsy and Sox Molwantwa that terrorized teams and paid
dividends for the Zebras.

He described how  “*The* *Major One*’’as  Bright was  called and Stanley

“Stan’’ Tshoswane played father figure roles for him before sharing a light
moment in studio on how Tshoswane used to use the defensive tactic,or (go
pheka Bus as he put it in Tswana ).

“Madala liked to pack the bus, I remember at one point on our road to 2012
Afcon Qualifiers we were leading and we played a 6-5-1 formation,’’ he

The Mmutlane bred champion, kick started his career a while ago at
Mogoditshane fighters winning everything on show, including multiple league
awards and the famous Coca -Cola cup. Mogogi moved to FC Satmos in 2003
before a short spell with Caledonia AIA where he went on loan in Trinidad
and Tobacco. He also plied his trade for Arima Fire in Trinidad and Tobacco
after his first spell ended. His big break came in the year 2006 when he
was signed from Popa by the PSL outlet, Cape Town based, Engen Santos FC.
The move saw him catapulted to stardom.

Over the years he rose in stature and ascended to the captaincy role due to
his magnificent displays in the middle of the park and the amount of
hard-work he put in.

He won 2 consecutive player of the year accolades with the same club
(Santos). In his hey -day, he was well known for his hard- tackling skills,
a midfielder and versatile player who could play anywhere and possessed
great discipline.

He always put in a 100% when he donned his famous jersey number 18 earning
him another nickname “Gattuso” likened to that of Italian Midfield Maestro
Genaro Gattuso.

The ever-adventurous player also made a brand for himself for the duo,
Supersport United and Bloemfontein Celtic. He led Supersport to a piece of
silverware by winning the 2012 Nedbank Cup. His one and only silverware in
the elite South African league.

Mogogi moved back to Rollers after one and a half seasons with Celtic where
he was captain, and was converted to a permanent defensive role and won
back to back tittles in 2016 and 2017 season with Popa. Over the years he
was a role model to young players on and off the field as he maintained a
clean record on &off the pitch and because of his sheer displays.

Gino is a family man, who will be remembered for his protection of young
players like Phenyo “Mzambiya”Mongala whilst still at Rollers in 2005 and
Mogakolodi “Tsotso” Ngele of the Zebras camp. Gino who is a laid back
character and a born leader will be greatly missed by football enthusiasts
and will forever remain in the hearts of football lovers.


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