Banyana Banyana's Thembi Kgatlana begins her journey with Houston Dash
Posted: 9 March 2018 Time: 15:30
Banyana Banyana midfielder Thembi Kgatlana says she can now fully focus on the next chapter of her life as she prepares to join her new US club Houston Dash.
Kgatlana, who was named the most valuable player at the Cyprus Cup, has flown to the US to join the club coached by former Banyana mentor Vera Pauw. She will join Banyana teammates Linda Motlhalo and Janine van Wyk, now in her second year with Houston.
Kgatlana says she wanted to focus on doing well in the Cyprus and not get distracted by her move to Houston. It’s now sinking in that she will play her football abroad, something she has always dreamt of.
“When I came to Cyprus, I did not want to get distracted because if I focused on Houston and not on my national duties, I was going to be distracted. I should be able to do my job with the national team and then when I fly to Houston, I can fully focus on my job there,” Kgatlana said
“It’s starting to sink in now. The last few days seem unreal because everyone in camp was talking about going home to see their families, but I won’t be doing that for the next eight months because I will be away from home and I will be away from people who love me. It’s going to be a good challenge and the fact that I have Linda and Janine going with me will ease things. There will be challenges, but I will feel I have a shoulder to cry on if things don’t go well.
“It’s a dream to be able to play for a team like Houston because I never thought it would be possible. I am grateful and I am willing to take the challenge and opportunity to express my talent.”