Banyana Banyana star Refiloe Jane has opened up on her historic move to Italian giants AC Milan and revealed who she is hoping to emulate.
Despite the large export rate of South African women’s footballers in recent times, Jane became the first to ply her trade in Italy when she joined Milan Women a fortnight ago.
The 27-year-old Soweto-born midfielder has since earned her first appearance for the Rossonere as she played a key role in their 3-0 victory over AS Roma on Sunday.
She has now revealed how the dream move came about after turning out for the likes of Vaal University of Technology and Tshwane University of Technology back home.
“It’s been a long journey and I am glad it has finally happened. It goes to show that patience pays,” explained Jane on SAFA’s website.
“The faith and belief I have in the Almighty has also helped me a great deal – when offers were placed on the table, I could have signed early on, but I remained patient and waited for the right offer. I believe it was worth the wait, and I am now in a happy space.”
‘Fifi’, as she is affectionately known, is now hoping to emulate the likes of her Bafana Bafana counterparts Mark Fish, Phil Masinga, Eric Tinkler, David Nyathi and Siyabonga Nomvethe.
“It’s an honour and privilege that shouldn’t be taken for granted. These players made a mark in Italy and were stalwarts in the Bafana Bafana squad and we should not forget that,” she added.
“That said, this is also an opportunity to showcase my talent and what South African women’s football has to offer. This is a chance to open doors for other female players on the African continent, and in particular, South Africa.”