More doors will open for players

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The acquisition of Banyana Banyana striker Portia Modise by a Danish side will open doors for other South African women soccer players to join overseas clubs.

This is the view of Fran Hilton-Smith, team manager of the women's national soccer team, who is also a Fifa and Confederation of African Football coaching instructor.

This is after the deadly Modise, 23, signed a one-month contract with top Danish side Fortuna Hjorring with an option to a longer deal.

"We are all delighted that Portia has finally landed herself a contract abroad, it has always been her dream to play overseas.

"Portia is an incredibly skilful player, I have no doubt she will get a longer contract in Denmark where she is reportedly doing well.

"Fortuna Hjorring are a big club. There is no doubt that many other clubs abroad will be queueing to sign South African players after Portia's departure to Denmark. There is an abundance of talent in South Africa. "

August Makalakane, Banyana Banyana coach, did not include Modise in yesterday's Beijing Olympics qualifier against Zimbabwe to allow her to settle down in Denmark.

Modise, who featured in the Fifa World All Stars against China in Wuhan last month where they lost 2-1, was also on the verge of signing for Nigerian league champions Bayelsa Queens.

Three years ago, Modise had signed for Arsenal Ladies in England but returned home after disagreements with the Premiership side over pay.

l Banyana Banyana striker Lena Mosebo is in the US for trials with one of the local clubs.