With the likes of Brazil women’s team players Formiga (42) and Marta (34) as well as USA forward Megan Rapinoe (34) still going strong, Banyana Banyana veteran Noko Matlou insists she is inspired to see that age is just a number.
Matlou has been part of the Banyana set up for 13 years now with 64 goals from her 154 caps.
The 34-year-old was the first South African (Male or female) to win the CAF Footballer of the Year in 2008 and she is one of the only two South Africans (male or female) to have over 150 caps (Janine van Wyk remains the most capped South African on 170).
“I get inspired a lot by the likes of Marta and Formiga because they show that age is just a number and nothing else” Matlou told FARPost.
“I am still going strong even though I won’t be faster that when I started so maybe at the age of 38 (I will decide what to do) because I am still strong healthy and physically fit,” she said.
Matlou obtained her SAFA D coaching Licence in 2018 has also revealed that is awaits her SAFA C licence results.
“Yes I am busy with my coaching licenses and on the other side I am coaching an SAB League team in order to gain experience. I am still dreaming to go overseas yes because I never stopped dreaming but we will see what happens.”
Some of Matlou’s achievements in football includes:
-2008 COSAFA Champions, Player of the Tournament and joint Top Goalscorer
-2008 SAFA Player of the Year
-2008 CAF Women’s Player of the Year
– 2012 SA Sportswoman of the Year
– 2013 Sasol League Top Goalscorer
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By Ofhani Munyai