No regrets over Banyana Banyana break for Robyn Moodaly

  • By Kate Nokwe

  • 21st November 2023

No regrets over Banyana Banyana break for Robyn Moodaly

Banyana Banyana midfielder Robyn Moodaly does not regret her decision to step away from the national team.

A key member of the 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations winning side that also advanced to the round of 16 at this year's World Cup, announced last month she required a break from international duty for mental health concerns. 

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And, as difficult as it was to walk away, the JVW forward believes it is for the best.

"Obviously it is tough, they [Banyana] still have some games – I think they're going into camp soon, but sometimes you've got to know what's best for you at the time," said Moodaly.

"And I think right now, taking a break from the national team and focussing on me, personally, I think that's what I need to do."

Despite this unexpected move, Moodaly tells SABC Sport she has gotten nothing but support from the football community.

"A lot of shock, but a lot of support, especially with my teammates within the national team and outside. I think it's a very important topic that we need to talk about – mental health," she added.

"And people don't really know about it, but it's a big toll on players, having to always perform at your best, keep people happy, and at the end of the day you've got to keep yourself happy to perform well.

"So, I think the support has been tremendous, but it doesn't end here, I'm still working hard, I'm still pushing hard, and I'm still going to play."

But, it's unclear when the 29-year-old, who already missed a crucial Olympic qualifier against DR Congo earlier this month, would be available for selection.

Banyana next face a two-leg Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Burkina Faso in November and December. 

"I can't really say right now, but, like I said, I'm still working hard and time will tell," she concluded.

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