UEFA Champions League beckons for Mgcoyi and Nhlapo

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Kosovan Women’s League champions KFF Mitrovica have announced the signing of South African duo Zanele Nhlapo and Andisiwe Mgcoyi from Albanian side KF Apollonia.

The club confirmed the two new signings on Sunday as they seek to strengthen their squad for the 2020/21 season and defend their Kosovo women’s football league crown.

Striker Mgcoyi and centre back Nhlapo both penned one-year deals and will compete in the UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) for their new side.

Mgcoyi and Nhlapo are KFF’s first acquisitions in the transfer window. Picture: KFF Mitrovica/Facebook. 

Mgcoyi is a prolific goal scorer and has played for a number of teams in Europe, including German side FC Saarbrücken.

She has also featured for Banyana Banyana at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 Africa Women’s Cup of Nation (AWCON), while Nhlapo is a former Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies and Apollonia captain.

“The first two reinforcements for the 2020/21 season, Zanele Portia Nhlapho (Defender) and Andisiwe Mgcoyi (striker) both come from South Africa,” said Mitrovica in a statement.

“In the coming days, other reinforcements will come, which will complete the team in order to achieve goals in the Champions League even in the new championship 2020/21.”

The recent move by Mgcoyi and Nhlapo takes the number of South African women’s players signing contracts with European clubs this summer to ten.

Other players to secure moves recently include Kelso Peskin (Stade Brestois 29 Feminine in France), Nothando Vilakazi (EDF Logrono Feminino in Spain), Janine Van Wyk (Glasgow City, Scotland), Jermaine Seoposenwe (Portuguese side Sporting Braga), Amanda Mthandi (Spanish outfit CDB Badajoz Feminin), Thembi Kgatlana (SD Eibar in Spain), Rhoda Mulaudzi and Lebogang Ramalepe (FC Dinamo Minsk in Belarus).

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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