Banyana Banyana international Leandra Smeda is back in South Africa after her stint with Portuguese side Famalicao came to an end.
Smeda raptured her Achilles tendon while playing for Famalicao to cut her season short and she is now looking to join one of the teams in the Hollywoodbets Super League while waiting to return overseas for another professional contract.
The 31-year-old midfielder is likely to make a return to the University of Western Cape (UWC Ladies) for the remainder of the season, which has been suspended with immediate effect for a month.
“For now, I’m gonna stay this side and focus on my rehab. I don’t want to go to a club while I’m still injured,” Smeda told Diski Queenz.
“It’s not ideal. Teams will be starting pre-season now. I will probably register with one of the teams in the national league. I am looking at my options, registration has opened now. I need to decide.”
The experienced campaigner with over 100 Banyana caps believes it is about time South Africa invest in women’s football.
“I played in Lithuania. Lithuania is a smaller country than South Africa, but they have been running a professional league for a number of years now,” she said.
“If they can do it, South Africa can also do it if they just make an effort. It will help with participating more at international games, qualifying for all the major tournaments like Afcon, Olympics, and the World Cup.”
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By FARPost Reporter