Linda Motlhalo

Linda Maserame Motlhalo (born 1 July 1998) is a South African football midfielder. She plays for Beijing BG Phoenix in the Chinese Women's Super League and the South Africa women's national football team. She is also known as the 'Randfontein Ronaldinho'.

Linda Motlhalo
Personal information
Full name Linda Maserame Motlhalo
Date of birth 1 July 1998 (age 21)
Place of birth Brandvlei, Gauteng, South Africa
Height 5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Beijing BG Phoenix
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
JVW F.C.
2018 Houston Dash 21 (1)
2019– Beijing BG Phoenix 0 (0)
National team
2015– South Africa 41 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 March 2019

Early life

Linda Motlhalo was born in Brandvlei, Northern Cape, on 7 January 1998.[1] Her family has a footballing history, with her father Johannes Motlhalo attempting to become a professional player. Although he failed to do so, his brother Joseph Motlhalo became a goalkeeper for Kaizer Chiefs F.C. between 1970 and 1985.[2]

Her father convinced the owner of amateur team Might Bucs F.C. to create a women's team, which Motlhalo began to play for at the age of 11. She would train twice a day, with both the boys and girls. She saw claims from opposition coaches that she was a boy, with one demanding that she undressed in public to demonstrate her gender. This was prevented following an intervention by her father.[2] She attended TuksSport High School, during which time she was part of the South African High Performance Centre in Pretoria.[3]

Club career

Houston Dash, 2018

On 1 February 2018 Motlhalo signed with the Houston Dash in the National Women's Soccer League. She was brought in by Dash head coach Vera Pauw who coached the South African national team from 2014–2016.[4] Motlhalo made 21 appearances for the Dash and scored 1 goal.

Motlhalo was waived by the Houston Dash on 6 February 2019.[5]

Beijing BG Phoenix F.C., 2019–present

On 22 February 2019 Motlhalo was unveiled as a player of Beijing BG Phoenix F.C. in the Chinese Women's Super League, joining her South African teammate Thembi Kgatlana who also made the move to China.[6]

International career

While attending the High Performance Centre, she played for the South Africa women's national under-20 football team as a forward. This included in matches as part of the 2015 African U-20 Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament.[7]

Motlhalo was called up to the senior squad for the first time in October 2015, following an injury to Thembi Kgatlana which caused her to be withdrawn from the team.[7] Motlhalo did not play at the time, but instead made her debut against Cameroon in 2016,[3] in which she scored in the 2–2 draw.[2] She said, "I am just happy to have been part of this team. The senior players have made me feel at home and it was good to rub shoulders with the likes of Janine and Amanda. I really enjoyed my time here."

In 2016, Motlhalo attended the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, before playing the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon as part of the Banyana Banyana side.

At the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations in Ghana, Motlhalo started all five games for South Africa as the team reached the final of the competition before losing to Nigeria on penalties. She scored one goal at the competition and was named Player of the Match during her side's semifinal encounter with Mali.[3]

International goals

Scores and results list South Africa's goal tally first

No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1
29 March 2016 Stade Municipal de Limbe, Limbe, Cameroon  Cameroon
1–1
2–2
International Friendly
2
25 November 2016 Stade Municipal de Limbe, Limbe, Cameroon  Egypt
5–0
5–0
2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations
5
17 September 2018 Wolfson Stadium, KwaZakele, South Africa  Malawi
1–0
6–0
2018 COSAFA Women's Championship
6
17 September 2018 Wolfson Stadium, KwaZakele, South Africa  Malawi
5–0
6–0
2018 COSAFA Women's Championship
7
17 September 2018 Wolfson Stadium, KwaZakele, South Africa  Malawi
6–0
6–0
2018 COSAFA Women's Championship
8
20 September 2018 Wolfson Stadium, KwaZakele, South Africa  Uganda
1–0
2–0
2018 COSAFA Women's Championship
9
21 November 2018 Cape Coast Sports Stadium, Cape Coast, Ghana  Equatorial Guinea
1–0
7–1
2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations

Honours

International

Individual

References

  1. ^ "Linda Maserame "Mimi" Motlhalo". Sasol in Sport. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Ramishidja, Mohau (25 June 2016). "Linda Motlhalo is a young women fighting to make a name for herself". Weekend Argus.
  3. ^ a b c Molobi, Timothy (22 April 2016). "Linda Motlhalo – remember the name". City Press. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Houston Dash sign midfielder Linda Motlhalo". 1 February 2018. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Houston Dash waive Banyana duo Thembi Kgatlana and Linda Motlhalo". 6 February 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Kgatlana signs for Chinese club". 23 February 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Kgatlana leaves Banyana, Motlhalo in". SuperSport. 1 October 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2016.

External links

2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations

The 2016 Women Africa Cup of Nations was the 12th edition of the Africa Women Cup of Nations, the biennial international football championship organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the women's national teams of Africa. The tournament was held in Cameroon between 19 November and 3 December 2016. The initial dates were 8–22 October 2016, but were changed due to weather considerations. A total of eight teams played in the tournament.On 6 August 2015, the CAF Executive Committee decided to change the name of the tournament from the African Women's Championship to the Africa Women Cup of Nations, similar to the men's version, Africa Cup of Nations.

2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations

The 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations, officially known as the Total Women's Africa Cup Of Nations, Ghana 2018, was the 11th edition of the Africa Women Cup of Nations (13th edition if tournaments without hosts are included), the biennial international football championship organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the women's national teams of Africa. The tournament was held in Ghana, from 17 November to 1 December 2018.The tournament also doubles as the African qualifiers to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. The top three teams qualified for the World Cup in France.Nigeria were the defending champions. They won the tournament for their third consecutive and 11th overall Africa Women Cup of Nations title.

2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations squads

The squad listings were announced on 16 November 2018.

2018 African U-20 Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament

The 2018 African U-20 Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament was the 9th edition of the African U-20 Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament, the biennial international youth football competition organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to determine which women's under-20 national teams from Africa qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

Players born on or after 1 January 1998 are eligible to compete in the tournament. Two teams qualify from this tournament for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in France as the CAF representatives.

2018 COSAFA Women's Championship

The 2018 COSAFA Women's Championship was an international football tournament for national teams organised by COSAFA, teams from Southern Africa. It took place from 12 to 22 September in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, South Africa.

2018 Houston Dash season

The 2018 Houston Dash season is the team's fifth season as an American professional women's soccer team in the National Women's Soccer League. Before the start of the 2018 season Vera Pauw was appointed as head coach.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup was the eighth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship contested by 24 women's national teams representing member associations of FIFA. It took place between 7 June and 7 July 2019, with 52 matches staged in nine cities in France, which was awarded the right to host the event in March 2015, the first time the country hosted the tournament. The tournament was the first Women's World Cup to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

The United States entered the competition as defending champions after winning the 2015 edition in Canada and successfully defended their title with a 2–0 victory over the Netherlands in the final. In doing so, they secured their record fourth title and became the second nation, after Germany, to have successfully retained the title.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Group B

Group B of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup took place from 8 to 17 June 2019. The group consisted of China PR, Germany, South Africa and Spain. The top two teams, Germany and Spain, along with the third-placed team, China PR (as one of the four best third-placed teams), advanced to the round of 16.

2019 Houston Dash season

The 2019 Houston Dash season is the team's sixth season as an American professional women's soccer team in the National Women's Soccer League. James Clarkson was appointed head coach on December 11, 2018 after Vera Pauw departed the team after only one season.

Beijing BG Phoenix F.C.

Beijing BG Phoenix F.C. (Chinese: 北京北控凤凰足球俱乐部) is a Chinese professional football club located in Beijing. They compete in the Chinese Women's Super League, and their home stadium is Xiannongtan Stadium.

COSAFA Women's Championship

The COSAFA Women's Championship is an association football tournament for teams from Southern Africa organized by Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA). South Africa have won the most titles with five wins. Zimbabwe won the 2011 edition. The next edition will take place in South Africa in September 2018.

Football at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's team squads

The following is a list of squads for each nation competing in women's football at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Each nation must submit a squad of 18 players. A minimum of two goalkeepers (plus one optional dispensation goalkeeper) must be included in the squad.Age, caps and goals as of the start of the tournament, 3 August 2016.

Football at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament – Group E

Group E of the women's football tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics was played from 3 to 9 August 2016, and included hosts Brazil, China, South Africa and Sweden. The top two teams advanced to the knockout stage, while the third-placed team also advanced if they were among the two best third-placed teams among all three groups.All times are BRT (UTC−3). For matches in Manaus, which is in AMT (UTC−4), local times are listed in parentheses.

JVW F.C.

JVW FC is a South African women's football club based in Bedfordview, Gauteng. Since 2014, the club has been affiliated to the South African Football Association. The First Team competes at the highest level of women's football in South Africa, The Sasol League, whilst the rest of the club competes in the local league, under Eastern Local Football Association. The First Team had a memorable and record breaking 2016 season, where they beat Mamelodi Sundowns, Palace Super Falcons and Croesus Ladies for the first time since inception and went on to win the Gauteng Sasol League after defeating TUKS Ladies 6-0 in the Provincial Playoff final.

List of foreign NWSL players

This is a list of current and former foreign players in the National Women's Soccer League, a women's soccer league in the United States. The following players

have been on the roster for the NWSL club(s) listed, not counting preseason.

have not been capped by the U.S. national team on any level/have been capped by a team other than the U.S. national team.

were born outside the U.S./have citizenship outside the U.S.

Players listed in bold are currently active.

South Africa at the 2016 Summer Olympics

South Africa competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's seventh consecutive appearance at the Games in the post-apartheid era, and nineteenth overall in Summer Olympic history. The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) sent the nation's largest ever delegation to the Olympics, with a total of 138 athletes, 93 men and 45 women, competing across 15 sports.

South Africa left Rio de Janeiro with a total of 10 medals (2 gold, 6 silver, and 2 bronze), marking the nation's most successful Olympics since its readmission in 1992. Moreover, it attained the potential medal target set by SASCOC for the Games. Four of these medals were awarded to the track and field athletes, including two golds won respectively by runners Caster Semenya and Wayde van Niekerk, who broke the 16-year-old world record in the men's 400 metres. South Africa also proved particularly successful in team sports, as the rugby sevens squad, popularly known by locals as Blitzboks, scored a historic bronze over Japan in the men's tournament.Among the medalists were Luvo Manyonga, who overcame drug addiction to achieve a runner-up finish in the men's long jump, cancer survivor Lawrence Brittain, who picked up a silver alongside his veteran partner Shaun Keeling in the men's rowing pair, and Henri Schoeman, who surprised the field by securing South Africa's first ever triathlon medal with a bronze in the men's race. Swimmers Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos contributed three of the country's silver medals in the pool, with le Clos emerging as South Africa's most decorated Olympian of all-time at four medals (one gold and three silver) over two Games. Meanwhile, Sunette Viljoen rebounded from a disappointing 2012 result to ascend the Olympic podium at her fourth Games, earning a silver in the women's javelin throw.

South Africa women's national football team

The South Africa national women's football team, nicknamed Banyana Banyana (The Girls), is the national team of South Africa and is controlled by the South African Football Association.

Their first official match was held on 30 May 1993 against Swaziland.They qualified for Olympic football for the first time in 2012, and for a FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 2019, in Group B with Germany, Spain and China. However, they didn't win any match, and their only goal was against Spain when they went to a 1–0 lead only to lose 3–1.

Thembi Kgatlana

Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana (born 2 May 1996) is a South African footballer; she plays as a forward for Beijing BG Phoenix F.C. in the Chinese Women's Super League and is a member of the South Africa national team.

South Africa Squads

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