“I’m very much proud of my daughter. She made it. She made miracles. To Banyana Banyana and Desiree Ellis, I want to thank everybody who contributed to this success.”
Nomvula, who was one of the unsung heroes in the tournament, could not control her excitement, and said she would sit down with her parents and ask if she can get them something special, thanks to the handsome bonuses that come with being African champs.
“My father is a retired principal. He was very smart in school. He is the guy who bought me soccer boots and every time I asked him about soccer boots he would say, ‘now you are starting with your soccer again’,” Nomvula said.
“Now I’m going to sit down with my parents and ask them what they want. But I’m very happy that this money is not going to waste. I worked hard every day to make my parents proud.”
Nomvula added that unity had been one of their keys to success in the tournament as they were up against all odds in the final against Morocco.
“Immediately when we entered the stadium, the crowd was booing us and everything was against us. But we were united as a team and we had one mission and one goal to achieve, and that was to bring the trophy to SA.”