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Carol Tshabalala hits big league

By Sibabalwe Bingwa | 2016-11-26 09:53:35.0

Carol Tshabalala held her own on one of the biggest stages of her career.

The Supersport host anchored the build-up show to weekend English Premiership action alongside two English football greats Darren Bent and Matthew Upson, who played for Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, respectively.

Speaking to Sowetan from London, Tshabalala said she was honoured and humbled. "As an African woman in sport this is a big deal and a dream I've been working towards."

Tshabalala said being referred to as "The First Lady of Sport" honours the hard work and energy she has invested to earn the title.

Describing her fellow UK colleagues, Tshabalala said they were good to work with and want to know more about South Africa and her background to have made it this far.

A Man City and Barcelona supporter, she believes South African football is on par with the best in the world but could go a notch up with more vociferous support from the public.

Tshabalala says the love and support she gets from family has kept her going to be where she is today. Added to this is her bottomless passion for sport.

"I will be travelling to the UK to do my shows at least once a month. So, it's safe to call it my second home," she said. "I have a great support system and my kids were born into this world of sports. So they don't agonise when I'm away."