Story Behind My Nickname: RubberDoll


In this edition of Story Behind My Nickname, Moroka Swallows and Pretoria Callies legend Owen Da Gama reveals the origin of his popular nickname "RubberDoll".

Da Gama details how he disapproved of players who used to take a dive every time they came into a tussle for the ball with an opponent.

"It was given to me by a guy called Kenneth Lebethe, he was the sports editor of the Pretoria News when I was playing for Pretoria Callies when we were playing at Atteridgeville Stadium.

“It used to be called Super Stadium, but it's now called Lucas Moripe Stadium, and I played together with Lucas Moripe at Pretoria Callies," Da Gama tells

"He gave me that name RubberDoll because you know I don't like it when a player gets injured, and you lie down and you roll and they come to put some water on your leg, and then suddenly you are 100%.

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"So with me even if you injure me, I jump up quickly, and I show you that your tackle is nothing you know.

"Even if I feel the pain I jump up, I won't lie down and roll like an actor you know. If it's pain I jump up, I get treatment, and I tell you that's nothing.

"Because you know some people when they tackle you, they think now you going to be scared you know.

“So when get tackled I jumped up. I was tackled by big players abo 'Yster' Khomane, bo 'The Bull' Lehoko. Big-name players. But they tackle me I jump up.

“I don't show them it has affected my game you know. So that's where the name Rubber Doll came from."

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