After guiding South Africa to the semifinals of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, Jermaine Seoposenwe has indicated she is representing three persons at the tournament.
Seoposenwe scored the only goal of the game in the 14th minute as the Banyana Banyana edged Tunisia 1-0 in the quarterfinals at Moulay Hassan FUS Stadium on Thursday.
“I am here to represent myself, the people of South Africa, and my close friend Thembi Kgatlana,” she said upon receiving her woman of the match award.
“I dedicate this award to Kgatlana, who is my roommate and friend. She is unable to play with us now due to injury and now my teammates and I must step up for her.”
“I am very sad that Thembi is not here. She is one of my really really really good friends and it was really heartbreaking to lose her,” an emotional Seoposenwe added.
Kgatlana was carried off on a stretcher in the 65th minute of the game against Botswana after seemingly having stepped awkwardly and was later ruled out of the entire tournament.
The Portuguese side SC Braga forward Seoposenwe helped South Africa reach its second and back-to-back World Cup and can now be hopeful that surely by the time the tournament happens in 2023 Kgatlana will have recovered.
Nigeria, Zambia, and Morocco are the other three nations that earned an automatic qualification for the New Zealand and Australia World Cup.
The Banyana Banyana will take on Zambia in the semifinals of WAFCON on Monday, July 18 while on the same day, Nigeria will also play against Morocco.