Former Bantwana player makes history in France

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Former Bantwana and CR Vasco Da Gama Ladies striker Kelso Peskin made history by becoming the first-ever women’s player from South Africa to pen a deal at a French Ligue 2 side (Division 2 Féminine).

Peskin signed for Toulouse along with midfielder Julie Cazanave.

Peskin will be aiming to help her new club avoid relegation as they are 10th on Division 2 Féminine log standings, just 3 points above the drop zone.

“I come here with the ambition to help the club by scoring goals. This is my role. The girls have had a difficult start to the season, but we can afford to keep going,” said Peskin.

“It is not my first experience far from South Africa, since I studied in the United States, but I discover Europe now here in Toulouse.

“The level is higher here it seems to me, more physical, with more long balls and duels I hope to make my speed speak and be decisive quickly,” she added.

The 24-year-old is also a former Lamar University forward in the United States and the University of Western Cape (UWC).

Toulouse Coach, Émilie Gonssollin said that they ‘made the choice to sign two players in the offensive sector, where they have been struggling since the start of the season’.

“There was this need to find a high point, with the ability to finish the actions. We are trying to produce games but we did not materialize enough.

“Kelso Peskin is a striker, who comes from South Africa, with a very interesting, she’s already well integrated into the group and doesn’t suffer that much from the language barrier,” said Gonssollin.

“These are girls who have game intelligence, and, despite their young age, already have experience. This will be very useful to us because everything remains to be played in this championship.

“And if our content is sometimes very good, we lacked regularity during the matches to hope to record good results, “added the Toulouse mentor.

Toulouse will face Saint-Malo on Sunday with Peskin expected to make her debut.

By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

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