Banyana Banyana star Seopesenwe celebrates 100th international appearance in style


In a significant milestone for South African women’s football, forward Jermaine Seopesenwe has been celebrated for her 100th appearance in national team colors, joining an elite group of African women footballers.

This remarkable achievement was marked during a Paris 2024 Olympic qualifier, where South Africa edged Tanzania 1-0, advancing to a crucial showdown against Nigeria for a spot in the global tournament in France.

Seopesenwe, a key player in both Banyana Banyana’s historic TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) victory in Morocco and their commendable FIFA Women’s World Cup journey to the Round of 16, attributes her success to the unwavering support from her coach, teammates, and the broader football community.

Reflecting on her 14-year tenure with the national team, she emphasized the collective effort and growth that have propelled the team to new heights. “It’s been a privilege and honor to represent my country, and I owe a lot to those who have supported me along the way,” Seopesenwe stated, acknowledging the significant role played by her coach, Desiree Ellis, in her career and the team’s progress.

Seopesenwe’s relationship with Ellis, characterized by mutual respect and open communication, highlights the importance of understanding and managing individual players to foster a successful team dynamic.

“Coach Ellis has been instrumental in my journey, always being there to listen and advocate for us. Her ability to manage diverse personalities within the team has been key to our on-field success,” she added.

With this achievement, Seopesenwe becomes the 10th Banyana Banyana player to reach the 100-cap milestone, joining the ranks of esteemed players such as Refiloe Jane, Noko Matlou, and Janine van Wyk, the latter holding the record as the most-capped African footballer with 185 appearances.

Seopesenwe’s landmark achievement not only celebrates her individual excellence and resilience but also signifies the growth and potential of South African women’s football on the international stage.

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