SA star earns Lithuanian switch
Posted: 28 June 2018 Time: 11:02
Banyana Banyana midfielder Leandra Smeda has penned her first international contract, joining Lithuanian club FK Gintra-Universitetas.
Smeda, who recently signed a representation agreement with LTA Agency, made the switch to Lithuania from Sasol Women’s League side UWC Ladies (University of Western Cape), who ended second in the Western Cape Sasol League standings last year.
The 2014 UWC Sportswoman of the Year has amassed 19 goals in 74 appearances for Banyana, and is a regular call-up for the senior national women’s team, helping them to COSAFA Women’s Championship glory last year, while having been part of the squad in two Olympic Games tournaments and three African Women’s Championship competitions.
Smeda’s new club Gintra-Universitetas are the current Lithuanian champions and 14-time domestic league winners, and are involved in 2018/19 UEFA Women’s Champions League action, having been drawn in Group 9 alongside Bulgaria’s NSA Sofia, Finnish club FC Honka and Skala from the Faroe Islands.
The 28-year-old joins national teammates Janine van Wyk, Linda Mothlalo and Thembi Kgatlana in securing a move abroad, with the trio all turning out for American outfit Houston Dash.