JOHANNESBURG – Thembi Kgatlana may be heading to her maiden Fifa Women’s World Cup as the focal point of Banyana Banyana and the reigning queen of African Football, but that does not put her under any sort of pressure.
Last year Kgatlana had a memorable international year with Banyana, leading the South African senior national team to their maiden global showpiece after they finished second in the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana.
Her exploits were noticed by the Caf selectors, who named her Caf Women’s Footballer of the Year, while her strike against rivals Nigeria in the opening round was publicly voted as Women’s Goal of the Year.
For someone who’s had such an impressive year, you’d expect her to be overwhelmed by the fact that she’ll be watched like a hawk by opponents - but not Kgatlana.
“I always tell people I don’t know what pressure is. People have opinions and if you listened to opinions then you wouldn’t find out who you are,” said Kgatlana at the team’s send-off at Sasol headquarters in Sandton yesterday.