Hildah Magaia astonished by CAF Awards nomination

Hildah Magaia astonished by CAF Awards nomination

Banyana Banyana and Sejong Sportstoto striker Hildah Magaia is shocked by her CAF award nomination.

The 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup debutant will compete for the Women's Player of the Year title alongside national teammates Andile Dlamini, Jermaine Seoposenwe, Linda Motlhalo, Refiloe Jane, and Thembi Kgatlana.

Magaia had a memorable campaign in Australia and New Zealand, scoring twice and with an assist. This nomination was so unexpected for Magaia that she just found out by chance.

"I honestly feel flabbergasted about my CAF nomination. I didn't expect to be nominated. I was surprised actually when I saw on my friend's [Whats App] status that I've been nominated. I didn't know anything about it. I feel happy and proud", she told SABC Sport.

Magaia, who made her Banyana debut in 2018, is no stranger to accolades. She was named Best Player in the 2020 COSAFA Women's Championship and was a member of the victorious 2022 Africa Cup of Nations squad, scoring two goals in the final against Morocco.

"This nomination is proof that my hard work is being recognised. And it shows that I've really put in the hard work in every game that we play. And it shows that I've been giving my all in all the games." 

The 28-year-old reflects on 2023, which she believes has been filled with several highs, owing to her coaches' belief.

"It's really been amazing for me individually. Going to the World Cup with the national team - something I'd never imagined in my life. 

“It came as a shock to me. [Making] my debut at the World Cup, I've been able to assist the team in qualifying for the round 16 and also scoring my debut goal, on my debut [World Cup] match.

“ So, it has really been amazing and overall, I can just say I'm really grateful to God for that. My coaches for giving me the opportunity to play as well as my teammates for also believing in me."