Botswana star, Mogakolodi ‘Tsotso’ Ngele, who is plying his trade at ABSA Premiership for Platinum Stars, finished this season on a high note as the club’s Leading Goal-scorer of the Season.
His 30th minute scorcher in their last game against Supersport United over the weekend increased his tally to ten goals. Stars thrashed United by three goals to nil and went on to win Quarter 4 of the ABSA Premiership, bagging R1.5-million prize money.
His teammates Henrico Botes and Robert Ng’ambi share the second spot with seven goals apiece. ABSA Premiership top goal scorer statistics also show that Ngele finished as the fourth leading goal-scorer, three behind Katlego Mashego of Moroka Swallows who is leading the charts.
Ngele’s scintillating form in his first full season also put him among other ABSA premiership best performers and chances are high that he might scoop several awards such as Platinum Stars Player of the Season and Best Newcomer awards for both his club and the ABSA league. Ngele is also contesting for South African soccer newspaper, Soccer Laduma, Player of the Season award, which is decided by readers’ votes. He is shortlisted with this season’s top performers like the league winning Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune.
However, by press time, the polls showed that with only 2 percent of reader’s votes, his chances are slim. Leading the pack was Khune (67 percent), followed by Orlando Pirates newcomer, Thabo Matlaba, at 14 per cent. Comments on the official website of the soccer newspaper show that Khune will likely walk away with the award, but Ngele’s supporters hold out hope for him.
“He is very good….my contender for the player of the season, along with Mere,” said one of the subscribers commenting on Ngele on South Africa’s Kick Off magazine blog, Team Kick Off.
Ngele’s exploits speak volumes. He helped his side put a brave fight, giving the favourites Kaizer Chiefs a run for their money for the coveted ABSA Premiership title. The 22-year-old, together with in-form winger, Joel Mogorosi of another Premier League club, Bloemfontein Celtic, are touted among Botswana’s best exports to the South African Premier league.
Last month, a South African Kick off journalist, Tiyani Wa Ka Mabasa, praised Ngele on a local radio station in Botswana for being one of Botswana’s best players. “Platinum Stars would not be where they are without Tsotso’s contribution this season and he should be amongst the PSL awards nominees at the end of the season,” said Wa Ka Mabasa.