Makhabane made her international debut on 27 May 2005 at the same venue in a friendly against Zimbabwe.
“It has been an honour to play for my country, and reaching 50 caps was not easy. There were moments when I thought my time is over in the national team,” said Makhabane, who plays for triple Sasol League champions, Palace Super Falcons from Gauteng.
“It feel like I have gone full circle, I don’t know whether it was a coincidence that I played my 50th cap where it all started for me.”
The 26-year-old, who works as an aviation officer at OR Tambo International Airport, was unlucky to miss the 2012 London Olympics due to injury. She is hopeful she can now help the side qualify for the 2015 Women's World Cup.
“It was very painful when I had to withdraw from the team. I had worked hard for the team to qualify for the Olympics, but I had to accept it. I managed to pull through, and it’s a blessing to be back in the team. I have to continue working hard and help the team to qualify for the 2015 Women’s World Cup,” Makhabane concluded.
Banyana have qualified for the ninth edition of the African Women’s Championships, scheduled for 11–25 October in Namibia. The top three teams will automatically qualify for the Women’s World Cup in Canada.