Hildah Magaia is living a dream she doesn’t want to wake up from.
The Banyana Banyana striker has now nicely settled at her new home, Moron BK – competing in the Sweden Elitettan, second division of the women’s league.
The 2020 Cosafa Women’s Championship gold medalist, Cosafa Player of the Tournament, Player of the Season of the then Safa Women’s National League, and also Top Goal Scorer in the same league, says this is a dream come true and inspired by former TUT Ladies teammate Refiloe Jane, who plays for AC Milan.
“Indeed, this is a dream come true for me. All my football life I have wanted to play abroad and having signed my first professional contract is an indication that I am on the right track,” she said.
“I was inspired by Banyana Banyana vice-captain Refiloe Jane, who is now with Italian giants AC Milan, and to follow in her footsteps by playing abroad is just exciting.”
Magaia arrived in Sweden at the end of February this year and was met by a great challenge – the weather where mostly they record degrees below freezing point. She says she knew it was not going to be easy but had to quickly adjust, because she knew what she wanted.
“I knew very well what I was getting myself into, and I had to face the challenge head on or pack my bags and go home, but that was never an option. After weeks of adjusting, I am now nicely settled and feeling at home. It is still cold – and on other days I can’t feel my toes – but I am enjoying myself,” added Magaia.
“I think my saving grace in settling in so easily and quickly is that everyone here speaks English. They also welcomed me very warmly – it was as if I had been here before, left and then came back. They were clearly waiting for my arrival with great anticipation.”
The former TUT Ladies FC captain did not disappoint when she got the chance to play as she has now scored five goals in four games, continuing where she left off in the Women’s League and Banyana.
“I am really proud and excited at the way things are going – I didn’t expect this to happen so quickly, but I am enjoying every minute of it. Gratitude goes to my teammates who make it so easy for me to be on the scoresheet regularly.
“We work as a unit and this helps a lot. What is also encouraging is that I have started all the games – except the last one as I am troubled by a hamstring injury. Being in the starting line-up does wonders for self-confidence,” said Magaia.
“The last games I played in South Africa before my departure was the COSAFA Cup, and I finished the tournament on a high – (she was top goal scorer – Ed) – and I think that is also carrying me through my games,” she concluded.
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By FARPost Reporter