The SA women’s national football team players have been hoisted on the shoulders and deservedly celebrated by the country's soccer lovers since they qualified for the Fifa World Cup for the first time last November. Years of heartbreak were erased after Thembi Kgatlana scored to seal Banyana’s place in the final of the 2018 African Women’s Championship with a 2-0 semifinal success over Mali. The win also ensured qualification for the 2019 women’s global showpiece in France. The accolades kept coming at the Caf awards in January with Kgatlana winning the goal of the year and the woman player of the year awards. Coach Desiree Ellis won the women’s national team coach gong. It’s no exaggeration to suggest that the past few weeks have been a fairytale and Banyana’s success has pushed women’s football to the top of the national sports agenda. The national team players are savouring the ride. Given that it is election season, it has been fascinating to see politicians muscle their way to ...

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