Written by: Nick Tatham
Mogakane relishing Dolphins deal
Durban – One of the six new signings for the Hollywoodbets Dolphins for
the upcoming season is young Andile Mogakane who has been upgraded from a
semi-professional deal to a rookie franchise contract for the new
Mogakane has much in common with another new signing with the Dolphins
Lifa Ntanzi, as he also came through the successful KZNCU, DSR & Sunfoil
Township & Rural Development Programme where he was scouted to take up a
place at Northwood Boys High School in Grade Nine.
“I am forever grateful to the coaches who guided me through my younger
years in Lindelani,” the 20 year-old Mogakane said. “When I was in Grade
Seven I was picked for the national development tournament in Johannesburg
and played well.
“I was offered a place at Northwood in Grade Nine and had to adapt quickly
because it was very unfamiliar to me coming into an English speaking
“My first year was tough and I stayed back and repeated Grade Nine where I
was selected for the KZN Coastal Khaya Majola Week team. I only expected
to be picked for the Under 17 side!”
The career of the young all-rounder took off from there and he was
selected for the South Africa Under 19 side in Grade 11 where the team
faced the West Indies in a home series.
He then missed the SA Under 19 tour to England the following year but
performed well on the Under 19 tour to India the following year.
“I think it was a good wake up call for me not being selected to go to
England. I was obviously disappointed but it made me realise that I needed
to work really hard on my game.
“Since then I have been working as hard as possible to make myself better
because I know that I can make it.”
A semi-professional deal with KZN Cricket was next on the cards of
Mogakane and then at the end of this season, after he made his
Hollywoodbets Dolphins debut, a rookie deal with the franchise was on the
“I was so excited when I got the offer!” he exclaimed. “My family was so
proud that I was given the contract but I know there is so much work to do
“It was a dream come true for me and I am really excited to join a squad
of players that are so supportive and encouraging.”
Mogakane is looking forward to being a part of the Dolphins set-up and
wants to learn as much as he can from the players.
“There is so much experience in the squad and it’s important that I make
use of that knowledge.
“It’s awesome being part of a squad where the guys are willing to help
wherever they can,” he added.
His debut for the franchise came in their final round robin game of the
Momentum One Day Cup against the Imperial Lions where he picked up two
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Mogakane (pictured) has continued his cricketing rise after he was given a
rookie contract with the Hollywoodbets Dolphins for the upcoming season.
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