Banyana players join overseas clubs

Sports Reporter

Five Banyana Banyana players have joined overseas clubs.

 One of them is Amanda Mthandi, who plays for the University of Johannesburg in the SAFA National Women’s League, where she is also studying. She joined Spanish side CDB Badajoz Femi.

  She says this move won’t derail her education.

“Due to Covid-19 and the lockdown, we have been studying from home and writing exams online, so when I move to Spain I will continue with what I have been doing, the way I have been doing it. Also, being in a new place will come in handy as I will have more time to study after training or games, so part of my life will not be disrupted,” said Mthandi.

  Kelso Peskin became the fifth Banyana Banyana player to sign an overseas contract, joining French side Stade Brestois 29 Feminine. She joined other Banyana players who recently found new homes abroad. Jermaine Seoposenwe is with SC Braga (Portugal), Nothando Vilakazi signed for EDF Logrono Feminino and Amanda Mthandi joined CDB Badajoz Feminino (both in Spain), and Janine Van Wyk moved to Glasgow City FC (Scotland).

  “This is very good for the future of Banyana because we need all the experience we can get to challenge big footballing nations. In this way, we could compete on an almost equal footing,” Peskin said.

  Banyana coach Desiree Ellis said: “I wish them all of the best I know they will do the country proud. They will continue to grow as individuals and will bring back all the experience to the national team. I know they will be good ambassadors and they will open more doors for other players to come or to go.”

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