It is a rainy Friday afternoon and Shaun Mogaila is sitting comfortably in his room at the UJ APK Afslaan Residence, where he is one of the sports stars in the sports hostel, sharing his story to Football For Fans.
The UJ left wing had a fantastic Varsity Cup season, as he was one of 3 players to be nominated for player of the tournament.
He scored 4 goals in 6 matches and also got 2 assists along the way. During the course of the tournament Mogaila won 7 post match awards which included 4 moments of brilliance.
Mogailia started playing football in primary school and further developed in high school at Mokopane Academy of Sport in Limpopo.
Mogaila suffered a huge setback while playing for Mpumalanga Black Aces, as the club was sold to former Ajax boss John Comitis and relocated to Cape Town 2 years ago. This left Mogaila without a club and only his passion for the game to keep on trying.
He decided to go to the University of Johannesburg, where he was awarded with a sports bursary for his hard work and determination. He is currently a 3rd year BSc Mathematical student, but he is totally focused on becoming pro.
Some of the top PSL clubs in the country have been keeping a close eye on Mogaila, as he has been approached by 4 different PSL clubs, all desperate for his signature. It is thus save to say UJ’s number 12 is a real talent and a possible future South African football star.
Training under UJ head coach Mandla Zwane, Mogaila aims to improve his game every week, with field sessions and gym sessions included in his training.
Mogaila wants to emulate his game like Argentina and Barcelona legend Leonel Messi. He said: “Messi has all the attributes – ball control, foot work, skills, football intelligence and sharpness on the ball – which I believe a great footballer should have.”
Watch Mogaila’s stunning chip over the goalkeeper against TUKS (80th minute) here
Watch Mogaila’s match winning goal (81st minute) against fierce rivals WITS here
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LB – Marcelo Vieira – Real Madrid / Brazil
Marcelo won 4 trophies with Real Madrid last season, which includes a UEFA Champions League and Club World Cup. He also went on to play for Brazil at the FIFA World Cup, but lost to Belgium in the quarter-final.
CB – Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid / Spain
The Real Madrid captain has now been named in the FIFPro World 11 for a ninth time this year, which is the record most for a defender and the third-most of all-time.
CB – Raphael Varane – Real Madrid / France
Varane is the only player in the world this year who won both the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup. The most prestigious club and international competition in the world.
RB – Dani Alves – Paris Saint Germain / Brazil
The only defender on the team not from Real Madrid, won Ligue 1 with Paris Saint Germain this year, along with 3 other trophies. He missed out on the Brazil FIFA World Cup squad however, after injuring his knee in the Coupe de France final earlier in the year.
CDM – N’Golo Kante – Chelsea / France
Kante, who has been on the rise since winning the Premier League with Leicester City in the 2015-16 season, is included in this years FIFPro World 11 for the first time. He won the FIFA World Cup with France and was one of the standout players for Chelsea in a season which saw them lifting the FA Cup.
CM – Luka Modric – Real Madrid / Croatia
Luka Modric had a fantasic season, captaining Croatia to their first ever FIFA World Cup final. He went on to win the Golden Ball for best player of the tournament. Not only did he win FIFA’s The Best award for best player in the world, he is the first player in 10 years to win the award ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Furthermore, he also won UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award for best player in Europe.
CM – Eden Hazard – Chelsea / Belguim
Another Chelsea player and FA Cup winner, Eden Hazard, also captained Belgium to their best ever finish at a FIFA World Cup, taking home the bronze medal. He was also the Silwer Ball winner at the FIFA World Cup for being the second best player at the tournament.
LW – Kylian Mbappe – Paris Saint Germain / France
The 19-year old PSG forward, whose valued at £135.00m, is the only teenager to make the FIFPro World 11. He is also only the second teenager in history the score in a FIFA World Cup final after Pele, and finishing the tournament with 4 goals. He won the Golden Boy trophy for best young player in the world last year, and this year he won the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award and was named in the FIFA World Cup Team of the Tournament.
RW – Lionel Messi – Barcelona / Argentina
Lionel Messi won La Liga and the Spanish Cup with Barcelona last season. He won his 5th Golden Shoe for most goals in Europe, raking up a total of 45 goals. Messi has now been named in the FIFPro World 11 for 12 years in a row.
ST – Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid / Portugal
The now Juventus player, won the UEFA Champions League for a record 5th time this year, and finished as the tournaments top goal scorer for a sixth consecutive season. He finished the season with 44 goals and became the highest European international goal scorer in history.
Watch the ceremony of the FIFA FIFPro World 11 here
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