Education is key for players- Seoposenwe
Jermaine Seoposenwe believes that more South Africans should play soccer in the American college league. The Banyana Banyana star has been a revelation since moving to Samford University where she recently broke the scoring record and was announced as the Southern Conference Player of the Season, for the second year running. And that success has caught the eye of European scouts who are keen for the Capetonian to ditch college for a professional career. Jermaine though, is staying put. “I am still in school and hopefully get done with that before I think of going pro,” she said at last year’s Olympics.
This attitude is in stark contrast with other Banyana players who put football ahead of school. An in a country where Women’s football remains amateur that is a risky decision. Look at Mapaseka Mpuru and Linda Motlhalo who chose to put their studies on hold to trial for the senior team ahead of last year’s Rio Olympics but only Motlhalo got rewarded with a place in the team while Mpuru lost a year of school and a chance to become an Olympian.
It is for this reason that the US College system offers a decent alternative for South Africans because the football is at a high enough level while the degree is something to fall back on when they return to a country without a professional league. For example, former Banyana midfielder, Kylie-Ann Louw now coaches in the college football after being a player. Kelso Peskins, Meagan Newman, Nomvula Kgoale, Amogelang Motau, Kalylin Swart and Robyn Moodaly are some of the other players plying their trade in the competitive college leagues in the States. Seoposenwe, Kgoale, Peskins, Moodaly, Swart and Newman were all part of the 2010 Fifa Women’s U17 World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago. The only World Cup that a South African women’s team has been to.
With the professional league only on the horizon for South Africa, college soccer may prove to be the answer for the national team, giving players a chance to play competitively while putting them in good standing to move to professional clubs. Banyana need a competitive squad which has big match temperament with the upcoming friendly matches with Sweden in January and the Women’s Afcon and subsequently the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup qualifiers.
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Jermaine Seoposenwe at Women Africa Cup of Nations at Stad de Yaounde in 2016.