It might have taken Linda Motlhalo four weeks to get her Swedish resident card but the Banyana Banyana star made an immediate impact in her first appearance for her new side Djurgådens IF as she came off the bench to score a brace in the Swedish Women’s Cup on Saturday.
Motlhalo came on as a substitute in the 13th minute to replace the injured Maria Hovmark and inspired Djurgådens to a 4-2 comeback victory against AIK at Skytteholm.
“I had to wait for four weeks to get my resident card and now that I am finally here, I am happy – it is really happening,” said Motlhalo.
“All I know is that Stockholm can be cold and Djugarden is a very big club and I am looking forward to making new goals.
The 21-year-old midfielder recently joined Djugarden after leaving Beijing Phoenix in China.
“As I was sitting on the bench I could see their [AIK] weaknesses because they are ball orientated, and I knew that when I came on I had to isolate myself from their defence and that is what I did and I managed to score,” added the former Basetsana captain.
“I am very happy with the win even though it was not an easy one. The first few minutes our timing to defend was off.
“But as time went on, we were able to press as a team and play as a team – that was one of the challenges, but then again it was also our first official match together and we needed to adjust,” admitted Motlhalo.
“I am so happy I got this chance even though it is very cold here, but I believe as time goes on, I will adjust to the weather and atmosphere,” added Motlhalo.
“I arrived in the middle of the Swedish winter [when temperatures hit -2 degrees celsius] but today is not so cold, even though I hear it can get very cold. I don’t like that kind of weather, but I will have to adjust,” she concluded.
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi