- Highlands Park striker Rodney Ramagalela grew up in Mamvuka Nhzelele in Venda and is not one to forget his roots
- The forward is involved in various charitable initiatives and also recently bought his father a new car
- Ramagalela recently revealed the importance of his village in his life and why he does all his interviews in Venda
Many sportsmen who come from humble beginnings often forget their roots after being drawn in by the bright lights of the big city.
In the case of Highlands Park striker, Rodney Ramagalela, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
The forward recently opened up on the importance of his village and his family in his life.
Sunday World reported that the PSL forward hails from Mamvuka Nhzelele in Venda.
Ramagalela said, "I am someone who values family a lot and also my community. My village has made me who I am and I will never turn my back on them."
Being one of the top marksmen in the country, Ramagalela isn’t short on admirers, but feels that his father is his biggest one.
Briefly.co.za learnt that Ramagalela’s father was blinded years ago following a car accident.
Although the family constantly battled poverty, his dad always provided and supported his dreams of playing football.
The grateful player said, "Even though we had nothing, when I grew up my dad always made a plan to buy me boots so that I can play football. It's because of him that I am here today."
He added, “"The reason I do interviews in my home language of tshiVenda is so that he can hear me.”
Rama-G, as he is affectionately known as, repaid his father’s support by surprising him with a new vehicle recently.
The 30-year-old has been involved with various charitable initiative and is currently driving a project which provides sanitary pads to underprivileged girls.
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