JOHANNESBURG – The dream of playing professional football may have come later than expected for Nothando Vilakazi but she’s adamant the lessons she’s learned in Europe have been invaluable.
As a nine-year-old in Middelburg, Vilakazi already knew that she wanted to become a footballer but that was not well-received by her mom, after learning she had to pioneer her journey with boys.
But thanks to her aunt’s support, Vilakazi made the most of her talent, starting her career with Walter Mokoena’s amateur side Walter Stars FC.
At 14 she played with other girls, while three years later she made her debut in the Sasol League for the Highlanders team in Mpumalanga.
From thereon, she went on to play for Moroka Swallows, before later surfacing at Palace Super Falcons.