Banyana Banyana midfielder Kholosa Biyana has secured a move abroad after signing for Spanish side Real Sporting de Gijón Femenino from the University of Western Cape (UWC Ladies) on Friday evening.
The latest move by Biyana, her first professional contract, has seen the number of Banyana signing for overseas clubs grow to record proportions in 2020.
She becomes the third South African woman football player to make a move to Spain, following in the footsteps of Nothando Vilakazi who signed for EDF Logrono in the Premier Division (Primera Iberdrola) and Amanda Mthandi as she joined second-tier side Club Deportivo Badajoz Femenino a few months ago.
Biyana, who was born and bred in the Eastern Cape, had to make some sacrifices along the way, such as quitting her day job at Mjanyana Hospital in her home province to focus on football.
The 26-year-old has been a regular feature for Desiree Ellis’ Banyana side and was part of the national team’s maiden FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign in 2019, featuring in all the matches after missing out on the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) due to injury.
Biyana, a qualified diagnostic radiographer and an honours degree student (Biokinetics) at UWC has over 20 caps for Banyana Banyana and has won two COSAFA Women’s Championships.
The midfielder has also participated in not one but three World University Games, consecutively from 2015 to 2019.
Sporting Femenino officially began preparations for the 2020/21 Reto Iberdrola season, set to start on October 25 with Biyana expected to join the team’s pre-season camp soon.
Players who have recently secured deals overseas are:
Nothando Vilakazi (EDF Logrono, Spain)
Janine Van Wyk (Glasgow City FC, Scotland)
Kelso Peskin (Stade Brestois 29 Feminine, France)
Jermaine Seoposenwe (SC Braga, Portugal)
Amanda Mthandi (CDB Badajoz Feminino, Spain)
Thembi Kgatlana (Eibar, Spain)
Lebogang Ramalepe (Dinamo-BSUPC, Belarus)
Rhoda Mulaudzi (Dinamo-BSUPC, Belarus)
Andisiwe Mgcoyi (KFF Mitrovica FC, Kosovo)
Zanele Nhlapo (KFF Mitrivica FC, Kosovo)
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By FARPost Reporter