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