“By moving abroad, we are closing the gap”

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“This is the best news ever for women’s football – never before in a long time have we seen such from South African players, and I am proud to be part of this activity.”

These are the words uttered by Kelso Peskin, who became the fifth South African women footballer to sign an overseas contract in the space of two weeks, adding to the number of South African women stars already plying their trade internationally.

Banyana Banyana striker Jermaine Seoposenwe joined SC Braga in Portugal while Nothando Vilakazi is now on the books of Spanish side EDF Feminino and Amanda Mthandi signed her first professional contract with CDB Badajoz Feminino in Spain as well.

Former Bantwana forward Peskin will run out for Stade Brestois 29 Feminine with Banyana captain Janine Van Wyk moving to Scottish side Glasgow City FC, a move that has been described as ‘‘biggest’ signing in Scottish women’s football history.

Peskin is excited by the idea of Banyana Banyana going toe to toe with women’s football heavyweights such as four-time World Champions, the United States women’s national soccer team (USWNT), but understands that the road ahead is still long and arduous.

“Remember we are not as athletic as teams in Europe, not because of our talent but because of the standard of their training and game. So by moving abroad, we are in a way closing the gap,” said Peskin.

“What we are seeing now needed to happen because we have so much talent in our country, it was just a matter of time. This will help us to expand our footballing knowledge.”

“This is very good for the future of Banyana Banyana because we need all the experience we can get to challenge big footballing nations like the USA, France and the rest of them. In this way, we could compete on an almost equal footing,” – Peskin. Picture: SAFA. 

Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis reiterated Peskin’s words. “This is incredible and amazing, five players in 10 days, it’s mind-blowing and I wish them all of the best I know they will do the country proud.

“They will continue to grow as individuals and they will bring back all the experience to the national team.

“I am confident and almost certain that there will be more announcements, in actual fact, I am afraid to blink or you wake up the next day there is another signing, but that is just the way it is at the moment. I know they will be good ambassadors and they will open more door for other players to come or to go,” concluded Ellis.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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