My Ten: 10 things you didn’t know about Joseph Molangoane

  • Joseph’s parents are his biggest source of inspiration. They were always pushing me to get better. On the other hand, they also always took care that I never missed out on anything.

 

  • He got his nickname ‘Tight’ when going, at the age of seven, for one of the soccer clinics Neil Tovey organised with Transnet. Joseph was wearing tights under his shorts. As it was difficult to remember all the players’ names for the coaches, he was called ‘Tight’.

 

  • Joseph grew up in Alexandra, often to be found playing soccer with his friend Patrick Phungwayo, who now plays for Orlando Pirates.

 

  • When young, he was originally positioned at centre-back. Later on, Joseph became a right-back before eventually moving to the wing position.

 

  • He acquired his dribbling moves while playing five-a-side games at the parking area of the Alexandra Stadium. “I just copied what the other guys did,” he reflects.

 

  • His cousin is a DJ. He loves spending time with him, checking how the beats are done and how songs are being recorded. The group’s name is Black Motion.

 

  • Joseph loves to watch rugby and is a fervent Western Province fan. He used to support the Blue Bulls, but after Bryan Habana moved to the Cape Town-based side, ‘Tight’ followed him.

 

  • He always wears the same pair of socks during a Kaizer Chiefs game, which get washed at his house.

 

  • After joining Platinum Stars, Joseph was picked up on his first workday by former Amakhosi player Jabu Mahlangu. They sat together in the plane and shared a room. Jabu told Joseph that “your style of play reminds me of myself.” Thereafter, Joseph was called “Shuffle the Best’ by Jabu, while the former Chiefs player was named the “Great Shuffle” by Molangoane.

 

  • Before the game, Joseph gets into a positive mood by going on his App and visits ‘Pinterest’, the world’s catalogue of ideas. He looks for motivational quotes, like “Hardship often prepares ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny”. It helps him to be in the right frame of mind for the match.