Banyana Banyana defender Bambanani Mbane says she thought her dream of playing overseas would never come true after joining FC Dinamo Minsk in Belarus on a one-year deal.
“I can only thank God for this, it has long been coming and I was really patient but at some point, I thought it would never happen but then the Almighty works in his own time,” said Mbane.
“I am just grateful for the opportunity and will do the best I can to help them succeed.”
The tough-tackling centre-back was part of the Banyana team that made history by finishing third at the 2018 African Women’s Cup and book a place at the FIFA Women’s World Cup [2019 in France] for the first team.
With over 50 caps for South Africa, the 28-year-old played has been an important member of the Banyana defence, participating in two Africa Women’s Cup of Nations and a World Cup.
“When the opportunity came this side I did not even think twice – I have been here for well over two weeks and finally I have put pen to paper,” said the former Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies.
“Right now the most important this is to settle quickly before the start of the League at the end of March so that I am ready.
Mbane at her new club will wear the number 13 jersey, which is the same as what she wears in the Banyana team.
“As for the jersey number, it came as a complete surprise and I could not say no to that number. I am happy I get to keep the same number as in the national team,” admitted Mbane.
Mbane becomes the third South African to play for FC Dinamo Minsk and join a Belarusian side after duo Rachel Sebati and Letago Modiba.
By FARPost Reporter