Banyana Banyana forward Amanda Mthandi has relished on her move to Spain-based side CD Badajoz.
In an interview with SAFA.net, the 24-year-old footballer insists that she has learnt that if you believe in something, you should go for it – and that is exactly what she did when she got an offer to play in Europe.
Mthandi was an unused substitute when South Africa faced Zambia in an international friendly game this past weekend as she arrived late in camp.
She hasn’t played for Banyana Banyana since November 2019 because of the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It feels great to be back home and I missed the food mostly let alone my family as well as playing with Banyana players. I also missed the language [speaking vernacular] and most of the people in my team don’t speak English,” said Mthandi.
“I’m really excited because the Spanish style of play is quite different from the Banyana Banyana play. Here at home, we have speedy players and I enjoy that a lot as compared to knocking the ball around waiting for that moment.”
The player explained how her overseas move came about and how it took the move took her by storm.
“The move came early last year, however, we were not quite sure with the agent and I even forgot about it,” she added.
“I was seating at the res (university accommodation) with friends and coach Desiree called me to say my agent is looking for me and that I should answer my phone. I then called the agent and that’s when I was told it was a done deal.
“I couldn’t believe it at first as I called back coach Desiree (Ellis) to tell her about the good news. I saw in the Banyana group everyone saying congratulations and people texting me asking for interviews.
“But before I could agree to everything I asked what’s going to happen in terms of school work but I then decided to call the director of sports at the University of Johannesburg as I explained everything. She said don’t worry about anything take the offer because everything will be done online until the final year. The school was the most important thing that I was concerned about.”
The former University of Johannesburg goal poacher reckons that she still got a lot to learn as an individual and adapt to the Spanish style of play.
“There is still more for me to learn and to adapt to their style of playing. I want to be in the team even next season and after that, I can branch out if I could get another offer from a different club,” she says in conclusion.
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