The Platinum Stars striker is sporting it as part of Movember, where men across the world grow their moustaches in November to raise awareness on men’s health issues. But they come off once the month is over.
The 29-year-old’s moustache has coincided with Rodgers enjoying a rich vein of form, first scoring the goal that sent Stars to the Telkom Knockout final on November 8 against his former team Mamelodi Sundowns. He followed that up by scoring his first hat-trick in his career, which came against AmaZulu on November 22. And he will be sporting that moustache tomorrow when Dikwena face SuperSport United at Orlando Stadium in the Telkom Knockout final, in the last weekend of November.
“If I score, and we go on to win the cup I might not shave it,” Rodgers’ joked.
Before joining Dikwena the past couple of seasons haven’t been a joke for Rodgers. Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane deemed him surplus to his requirements and sent him on loan to Ajax Cape Town. He struggled in the place of his birth, where he broke into the ranks with strong showings for Santos, before joining Dikwena as a free agent. But he doesn’t regret joining Sundowns.
“I believe in life everything happens for a reason,” Rodgers said. “That experience made me stronger. The coach never wanted me. I went on loan, you had to find your feet but after the loan you don’t know where you will be going. I am glad that I got the opportunity to leave Sundowns at the moment because I won’t be a part of their plans. I am glad for the opportunity Platinum Stars gave me.”
In Phokeng, under less pressure, Rodgers is confident that he will come right.
“I feel good that I have found my scoring touch,” Rodgers said. “Scoring three goals in a game is always good for a striker because the job is to score goals. Game time is key to getting that confidence. The coach has given me a lot of game time.
“It is always good to get your scoring boots on. It has been a while for me in these past two seasons because I have been moving up and down. But it’s not an excuse. I am happy that I am scoring now. I have settled it at Platinum Stars. We are combining well. We are creating the chances and the striker’s job is to score goals. I have found my confidence and I will build on that. But I still have to do more. I would like to repay them by helping them win this cup.”