Banyana's Linda Motlhalo joins Vera Pauw and Janine van Wyk at Houston Dash
Posted: 2 February 2018 Time: 07:16
Former national women's team coach Vera Pauw has signed another Banyana Banyana star for US club Houston Dash.
Pauw has recruited Linda Motlhalo, who has penned a one-year contract with the National Women’s Soccer League outfit.
Banyana skipper Janine van Wyk is also on the club's books.
“Linda is one of the most promising talents of women’s football at this moment. Her qualities compliment the talent we have on our roster. She will bring variety in our attack and that will bring the best out of the other players. She can balance our team,” said Pauw.
“This move will ensure that South African players start to get recognised. Linda deserves this next step in her career. She has proven herself at the Olympics in Rio on a global stage. This contract opens doors for the world of women’s football to get to know her.”
Motlhalo joins several Banyana players who are plying their trade abroad such as Kaylin Swart, Amogelang Motau, Robyn Moodaly and Kelso Peskin.
“The experience that the South African players bring in the country will not only add value to Banyana Banyana because of her growth in the game, but I am convinced it will also open the doors for others. Scouts will start to visit South Africa, whereas before not many knew about the high potential South African players can offer,” added Pauw.
Motlhalo is expected to leave for Houston Dash at the beginning of March pending receipt of her P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.
Motlhalo made her Banyana debut at 17, scoring a goal in a 2-2 draw with Cameroon.
She joins Houston Dash after two seasons in the Sasol League with JVW F.C. Previously she was at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria.
Motlhalo has scored two goals and earned 14 caps with the senior team, while she made 25 appearances for the U-20 national team.