The youngest member of the Banyana Banyana squad currently in Morocco, 18-year-old Nthabiseng Majiya has voiced her excitement ahead of her first ever participation in a major tournament.
The Richmond Ladies forward, who was awarded the Young Player of the Season accolade in the inaugural Hollywoodbets Super League, conceded to the intensity she has already experienced in coach Desiree Ellis’s squad, and how it’s good for her.
She says it’s completely different from what she is used to at club level, according to safa.net.
The teenage sensation said she is relishing the experience as Banyana Banyana continue preparations ahead of their Africa Woman’s Cup of Nations opening match against arch rivals, the Super Falcons of Nigeria, on July 4 at the Moulay Hassan FUS.
The player said:
“I have to say the intensity is very high here, but I am getting there and I am pushing a lot.
“I am excited, but nervous because this is my first experience in the national team set-up. I just want to win the tournament and make our country proud.”
Majiya said the Banyana Banyana’s technical team have helped her develop a lot.
“The coaches are hard on me and I expected it. I wanted them to be hard on me because this is the national team and the level is high.”
Full family support
A football career demands a good support system and Majiya says her family is also there, providing this strong backing.
“Even during the times when I could not find a balance between my studies and football, they did not force me to drop one for the other and suggested I find a balance,” she said.
Majiya is extremely excited by the prospects of facing Nigeria’s Super Falcons in their opening AWCON encounter, she added.
“In our group I am most looking forward to facing Nigeria.
“They have great players that I have always looked forward to meeting and I just want to do my best when that chance comes.”
The player has also encouraged South Africans to keep supporting Banyana Banyana as they aim to make the country proud in the continental tournament.