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Banyana teen ace hopes Wafcon success opens doors

Majiya says tourney in Morocco 'a big deal'

Sihle Ndebele Journalist
Nthabiseng Ronisha Majiya of South Africa during the 2022 Womens Africa Cup of Nations match between South Africa and Burundi at Stade Prince Moulay Al Hassan, Rabat.
Nthabiseng Ronisha Majiya of South Africa during the 2022 Womens Africa Cup of Nations match between South Africa and Burundi at Stade Prince Moulay Al Hassan, Rabat.
Image: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Banyana Banyana's youngest Africa Women's Cup of Nations (Wafcon) squad member Nthabiseng Majiya has high hopes that the experience she gained in Morocco will lay a foundation for her to be the next big thing in women's football.

Majiya, 18, made two Wafcon appearances, coming off the bench on both occasions against Burundi and Botswana in the group stages. She netted the solitary goal when Banyana beat Botswana in their last pool stages fixture. Majiya, who hails from Philippolis in the Free State, foresees a great future ahead of her, hoping all she learnt at Wafcon will help her in her bid to be the next Banyana star.

"Being the youngest player in the team is a great thing because everyone wants to help you. The senior players have imparted wisdom to me. I have gained valuable experience here and that will help me grow because I see myself as a big, big player in the next few years,'' Majiya, who's on the books of Northern Cape Hollywoodbets Super League outfit Richmond United, told Sowetan.

Majiya said it was a dream come true for her to rub shoulders with her idols like Thembi Kgatlana and Jermaine Seoposenwe. The Banyana starlet is confident of landing a big move in the near future, hoping the scouts noticed her.

"As a young striker I look up to players like Thembi and Jermaine. It was a big deal for me to be with them in this Wafcon camp. I had always wished to learn from them and the Wafcon gave me that opportunity... it's a dream come true for me,'' Majiya said. 

"My dream is to go overseas as early as I can and I am positive something will come soon. I also trust the scouts saw my performances. I tried to give my best whenever I was given a chance,'' Majiya said.

Banyana eventually broke their Wafcon final jinx when they beat the hosts Morocco 2-1 at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, thanks to Hildah Magaia's double. Tottenham Hotspurs' Rosella Ayane scored for the hosts.

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