- Banyana Banyana duo Refiloe Jane and Rhoda Mulaudzi have secured a historic transfer to Australia
- The two South African women’s national team members have signed deals with Canberra United
- Canberra United have been impressed by both Mulaudzi and Jane who have been on a short trial period with the team
Banyana Banyana stars Refiloe Jane and Rhoda Mulaudzi have secured a historic transfer to play in Australia’s women’s Premier Soccer League competition. The two South African women will become the first South Africans to play in the league.
Mulaudzi and Jane signed deals with Canberra United recently after being on short trial periods with the Australian club.
Canberra United’s coach Heather Garriock has lauded the potential and talents of both players and said both performed well above expectations despite challenges facing them.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Garriock said both players had been impressive despite having difficulty in their travel schedules from South Africa to Australia. She said in the short time that both players have been available they had been deeply impressive.
Garriock said both of the South African women faced challenges in travelling to Canberra and also had to adjust to a completely different playing and coaching culture once they arrived.
Kickoff.co.za reported that Mulaudzi impressed with her aggression and speed in the attacking forward positions while Jane showed her obvious class and technical fortitude in the midfield.
Both players said the move to Australia was the fulfilment of a lifelong dream.
Jane captained the national women’s team during their successful and deeply impressive Cosafa Cup campaign last year and has represented the national side at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.
Jane said she was immensely grateful for the opportunity and said she was looking forward to the challenge which playing in Australia would present to her. Jane said she hoped to make the most of the opportunity which had been provided for her.
Mulaudzi said she felt like the contract was a dream which had become a reality and said the move to Australia was an incredible opportunity for both her and her teammate.
The South African ladies are expected to form part of the Canberra squad ahead of the new Australian W-League start at the end of October.
Canberra has won the tournament twice and finished a respectable fifth last season.
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