Molatelo Kobo, a member of the University of Limpopo’s (UL) Female Soccer Team had a long-time dream fulfilled with her recent selection to be part of Banyana Banyana’s training sessions throughout the year.
Kobo was selected for the national team preliminary training squad for 2017 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Women’s Championship which took place in Zimbabwe in September and she also trained with the national team when they were preparing for the 2017 World Student Games held in Taipei, Taiwan in August.
Last year Kobo earned herself the title of Limpopo’s Diski Queen after a stellar stint in the Sasol Provincial League when she was named Player of the Tournament while playing for the UL Female Soccer Team.
The Mokopane-born dribbling wizard and B.Com Human Resources student said the opportunity to get a national call-up and train with the team fell nothing short of changing her life. She is resolute to strive towards being the most dedicated professional soccer player to ever come out of province.
“Honestly this has changed my life. The call-ups alone meant a lot, it is a step in the right direction and I will keep on working hard,” Kobo said.
She stressed that her love for football was conceived when she saw her icon and former Banyana Banyana striker, Portia Modise who has 124 caps for the team scoring scorchers for the team. “From then I started playing street soccer with young boys in my home town. When I was 15, I tried my luck at the Banyana Banyana u.17 squad but could not thoroughfare the trials. I never gave up for I knew what I wanted and I had to stay focused. Today, I am in the squad and people are going to see magic in the field,” Kobo said.
Kobo attributes participating in the University Sport South Africa Games in 2017 as one of her sporting highlights. “It was a great tournament for me and the team because I was chosen as one of the best players in the tournament and I enjoyed participating in the event,” Kobo explained.
Phindile Mnguni, Code Manager for Ladies Soccer at UL said they were proud to have a player of her calibre. “Her achievements augurs well the university and we will provide all necessary support as we wish her all the best in her new journey,” Mnguni said.
Story: Herbert Rachuene