Thembi Kgatlana is the only South African female soccer player to make the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list.
Thembi Kgatlana scored Banyana Banyana’s only goal at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. She is also the reigning Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) African Women’s Player of the Year.
Kgatlana took home Goal of the Year at the CAF awards in January for her goal against Nigeria. She competed against male and female counterparts for the title.
These South Africans made it onto the Forbes 30 under 30.
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba presented her with the award and gave her the advice to “keep on going”. See more of what happened at the CAF Awards here on Times Live
According to The Citizen, she’ll be remembered as the player who scored the first goal at the Women’s World Cup goal, but not only that.
Kgatlana is among the best players in Africa and continues to influence the team’s attack, making it difficult for defenders to contain her. For her, playing on the world stage wasn’t just a chance for her to shine, but an opportunity to open doors for other players in South Africa.
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When I said I wanted to play football and be a professional footballer,this is not what mom and dad had in mind. You had no idea that I will spend my whole life away from home,away from you and my brothers. I woke up missing you guys so much. I pray that God strengthens you to continue loving each other and giving our family the same warmth and love like you have always done. ❤❤😍😍😭😭
The midfielder, who plays for Beijing BG Phoenix FC in the Chinese Super League, continues to make waves in football.
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