Thembi Kgatlana had the joy of winning Woman of the Match in South Africa’s 1-0 victory over Botswana in their final match of group C, but she also felt the agony of suffering what appeared to be a serious injury.

Kgatlana needed to be strapped securely around her ankle and hauled to a televised interview on the back of a technical team member.

She is currently waiting in suspense to learn the results of a scan on the injury she sustained against the tenacious Botswana.

“I sprained my ankle. After the game, Kgatlana stated, “I hope I’ll heal well, and I hope it’s not a catastrophic injury.

The award for Woman of the Match, according to the striker, “means a lot to me.”

Although it is something to be proud of, collaboration is what matters most. Today, every player performed admirably. We were able to maintain our organization, operate well as a team, and remain a unit, stated Kgatlana.

Kgatlana was relieved that Banyana was able to score the game-winning goal in the closing 10 minutes of play despite the injury and the challenging encounter against Botswana while still flashing her signature smile.

The coach advised us to exercise patience after we made an effort to create some possibilities. The contest with Nigeria was unique. Our teammates are a good mix of domestic and international athletes. I believe our team is strong and flexible, added Kgatlana.

They will need all of their expertise and talent to keep moving through in the competition as a tight quarterfinal, which holds the key to their Fifa Women’s World Cup fate, awaits.


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