- Banyana Banyana star striker Thembi Kgatlana will drop her last year of university so she can play football in America
- The 21-year old has signed a deal with the Houston Dash team and will join 2 or her Banyana teammates
- Thembi said she did not feel bad about dropping out of university because she could complete her studies at a later stage
Banyana Banyan star striker Thembi Kgatlana has announced that she will be dropping her final year of studies so she can go and play football in America.
Thembi was due to complete her Bachelors of Arts: Tourism at the University of the Western Cape at the end of 2018. Instead the 21-year old will play soccer for the Houston Dash team.
Thembi has signed a one year deal with the Houston Dash team and will join two of her teammates, Linda Mothlhalo and Janine van Wyk who have already completed their moves to the club.
Briefly.co.za discovered that Thembi does not feel bad about dropping her last year of university studies because she feels she can complete her final year at a later date.
“I have been waiting for this opportunity for far too long since my sterling performance in the [Rio] Olympics two years ago. I am super-excited about my move to Dash. To be honest, I thought I was going to get a deal immediately after the Rio Olympics, but nothing came my way – so here we are, two years later my dream is becoming a reality. But I never lost hope. I knew my performance would take me to another level,” Thembi said.
Thembi said the opportunity to play in America was too good to miss and such opportunities only came once in a lifetime. She admits that to some it might look like she is choosing soccer above an education, but said this was not true because she could complete her final year when she returned from America.
Thembi says education was still important to her and revealed that she had to put her studies on hold so she could prepare and participate in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
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