It has been a busy few weeks as South Africa (Banyana Banyana) continue preparations for the 2014 African Women’s Championship, and I have reached a huge milestone along the journey.
On 10 August 2014, I earned my 100th cap for South Africa, it was an extremely proud moment as I took to the field in an international friendly match against Namibia. During the same fixture my teammate Portia Modise earned her 110th cap. South Africa defeated Namibia 2-0 in the friendly match, another positive step on our road to the African Women’s Championships in October.
During the last few weeks media interest has heightened and I have made personal appearances on radio and TV shows to talk about women’s football.
The South Africa Women’s National players and coach Vera Pauw were treated to a photo shoot in which we were able to swap our football boots for heels! The promotional photo-shoot was published in DESTINY magazine.
On the 18 August, we were back in the training camp with Banyana Banyana and the team were ready to work harder than ever towards our goals and dreams. We continue to prepare for the much anticipated African Women’s Championship in October, where the TOP 3 African teams qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015. We are focused and determined to do whatever it takes to make sure that we are among the top 3 teams who will represent Africa at the World Stage.
”Unity is strength…. When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved”
Our preparations continued during August with international friendly matches against Zambia and Tanzania, we are unbeaten in the warm-up matches and have a lot of positives to take from the games. We look forward to keeping the momentum going. The spirit in camp is high and will keep working hard so that we are able to make it to the World stage next year.
At the end of this month we attended the Women in Sport Gala Dinner at the Sandton Convention Centre and were humbled to be among top female athletes, administrators, media liaison officers, and other top female icons in South Africa. It was truly an honour to be recognised for our endless hard work, determination and dedication in the sporting fraternity. Thank you to our Sports Minister, Honourable Minister Fikile Mbalula who truly believes in our success.
Myself, Desiree and Portia took a Charter Plane from Polokwane to Joburg to attend the Women in Sports Dinner Function with the Sports Minister.
At this moment in time, Banyana Banyana have returned to the training camp, with just a little over 40 days to go before the crucial World Cup qualifying tournament…