Banyana Banyana star Thembi Kgatlana over the moon as she celebrates two CAF nominations
Posted: 3 January 2019 Time: 10:00
Thembi Kgatlana's excellent year in 2018 has earned her two CAF award nominations and the Banyana Banyana star says she is over the moon.
The Houston Dash attacker has been nominated for the African Women’s Player of the Year prize and is in the hat for the CAF Goal of the Year accolade.
Kgatlana inspired Banyana to FIFA World Cup qualification at the African Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana last year, scoring five goals to win the Golden Boot and the Player of the Tournament awards.
The skilful midfielder, who has been nominated for the Player of the Year gong for a second year running, is up against Nigerian duo Asisat Oshoala and Fransisca Ordega for the big award. Oshoala, in fact, is the winner of the last two Player of the Year prizes and Kgatlana has an opportunity to deny her a third consecutive one.
“I am speechless. I am over the moon just about the nomination, but as for two of them, I can only say that God is great. After losing in 2017, I said back then that this was a good wake-up call for me to work even harder, and now the results are there for all to see,” Kgatlana told SAFA Media.
“The truth is, in both nominations I am up against tough candidates, but I feel more confident going to the awards this time around, and I can only thank my teammates and the coaching staff for this feeling because football is a team sport. If it was not for them I would not have performed the way I did, and would not have received these nominations. I just hope I bring back something this time – but if I don’t, I will have to go back and work even harder until I bring it home.”