Story Behind My Nickname: RubberDoll

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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.

"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%.

16. Swallows FC – 14 yellows / 0 reds (14 discipli
16. Swallows FC – 14 yellows / 0 reds (14 discipline points)
15. Mamelodi Sundowns – 15 yellows / 0 reds (15 di
15. Mamelodi Sundowns – 15 yellows / 0 reds (15 discipline points)
14. Golden Arrows – 16 yellows / 0 reds (16 discip
14. Golden Arrows – 16 yellows / 0 reds (16 discipline points)
13. Chippa United – 17 yellows / 0 reds (17 discip
13. Chippa United – 17 yellows / 0 reds (17 discipline points)
=9. Sekhukhune United – 16 yellows / 1 red (19 dis
=9. Sekhukhune United – 16 yellows / 1 red (19 discipline points)
=9. Marumo Gallants – 16 yellows / 1 reds (19 disc
=9. Marumo Gallants – 16 yellows / 1 reds (19 discipline points)
=9. Royal AM – 19 yellows / 0 reds (19 discipline
=9. Royal AM – 19 yellows / 0 reds (19 discipline points)
=9. Cape Town City – 19 yellows / 0 reds (19 disci
=9. Cape Town City – 19 yellows / 0 reds (19 discipline points)
8. SuperSport United – 20 yellows / 2 reds (26 dis
8. SuperSport United – 20 yellows / 2 reds (26 discipline points)
7. Baroka FC – 24 yellows / 1 red (27 discipline p
7. Baroka FC – 24 yellows / 1 red (27 discipline points)
=5. Stellenbosch FC – 25 yellows / 1 red (28 disci
=5. Stellenbosch FC – 25 yellows / 1 red (28 discipline points)
=5. Orlando Pirates – 25 yellows / 1 red (28 disci
=5. Orlando Pirates – 25 yellows / 1 red (28 discipline points)
4. Maritzburg United – 21 yellows / 3 reds (30 dis
4. Maritzburg United – 21 yellows / 3 reds (30 discipline points)
3. AmaZulu – 25 yellows / 2 reds (31 discipline po
3. AmaZulu – 25 yellows / 2 reds (31 discipline points)
=1. TS Galaxy – 23 yellows / 3 reds (32 discipline
=1. TS Galaxy – 23 yellows / 3 reds (32 discipline points)
=1. Kaizer Chiefs – 26 yellows / 2 reds (32 discip
=1. Kaizer Chiefs – 26 yellows / 2 reds (32 discipline points)
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Scroll through the gallery to see the most ill-disciplined teams in the DStv Premiership this season

"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."