Jermaine Seoposenwe reflects on 14-year Banyana Banyana journey

Jermaine Seoposenwe reflects on 14-year Banyana Banyana journey

Banyana Banyana stalwart Jermaine Seoposenwe has reflected on her journey with the women's senior national football team as she marked a milestone appearance on Tuesday.

Seoposenwe, who made her Banyana debut as a fresh-faced teenager against Zimbabwe back in 2010, earned her 100th cap in the 1-0 CAF Olympic Qualifier play-off win over Tanzania at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit last night.

The 30-year-old refused to gloat over her personal achievement, and instead highlighted the growth of the national team in its entirety throughout her career so far.

"It's a privilege and always an honour to walk out for the national team. We've grown in leaps and bounds, and it's been 14 years of me being part of the national team," said Seoposenwe.

"Everyone has played such a big role in my journey in the national teams – ups and downs. But I can just thank God for sparing me this long in the national team, and making great friends, coaches, staff, the association – for all playing a role in my journey.

"And just continuing to still have that mentality to still be better and still fight for my spot in the team, and still being a part of this winning team is amazing – we've grown so much.

"Coming from WAFCON, going to the World Cup, you could see the growth in this team, and you can see where we're going and what we want to continue to achieve, and that takes a lot of work and determination.

"But, yeah, I'm so proud to be a part of this team and have teammates like this, always there for me, encouraging and pushing me as well. 

"We're a great group of players when we come together as a team, we love each other and we play for each other, and you can see that on the field, and that's why we've been so successful."

Banyana will next face Nigeria over two legs in the final play-off round to secure their place at the 2024 Paris Games set to be held in July-August.

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