Refiloe Jane is a humble, hardworking player who has established herself as the metronome that makes the current AC Milan team gel.
She is the heartbeat of the team that gives this team life, and when she’s not on the pitch, the team really feels it.
Jane is a player that has had a lot of experiences in her career. Born in Soweto in 1992, one of her first experiences in women’s football was actually in England with Colchester United where she went on tour in her early life.
She also played for Mamelodi Sundowns and the Vaal University of Technology before moving abroad to join Australian side Canberra United in 2018 and Milan a year later in 2019.
The midfielder represented South Africa at the 2012 London Olympics and now she has over 100 appearances for Banyana Banyana helping to pioneer the rise of women’s football in South Africa.
Speaking to Italian publication SempreMilan, the 28-year-old explained how she started playing football in Soweto. “I started playing football when I was about five years old, inspired by my brothers who also helped me to grow into the game by training and playing with me in the backyard.
“My upbringing was full of support from the whole family and that made it easy for me to follow my dream.”
Jane is happy with the progress the club have made this season, but a recent 4-0 drubbing by Juventus was a big blow to their title aspirations.
“So far so good, we are doing our very best to do better than the previous season, but not all is over. We have to fight until the last day as this is a marathon and anything can happen in between now and the last game.
“We should continue working hard and stay focused on our goals, and a loss against Juventus doesn’t mean all is lost. There’s other teams in the league we need to be careful of and we should take one game at a time.”
Milan recently defeated Inter Milan at the San Siro Stadium to reach the final of the Italian Women’s Cup.
Playing at the iconic stadium was a career highlight for the former Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies anchor who likens it to qualifying for the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup which was another career highlight for her.
“It was a dream come true, never would have thought I would play at San Siro in my life. Thanks to Milan for the support given to the team in regards to that.
“It was a dream come true (qualifying for the World Cup), after having failed to qualify on numerous occasions. It showed that through hard work, resistance, discipline and focus anything is possible and at the right time, what’s for you will find you.”
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