It is not often that you get the opportunity to spend the day with the CAF African Women’s Footballer of the Year and Momentum Athlete of the Year, Thembi Kgatlana.
It was my great privilege earlier this week when she agreed to sit down with me and talk about her journey in football.
We had coffee at Woolworths, Rosebank Mall, and caught up on her time in China and how it feels to be back home.
We then went off to MAC, Rosebank, for Thembi to have her makeup done for our sit-down interview. All the while, we chatted and I got to know a really mature young woman, who have big dreams.
We sat down to the interview at the impressive WeWork’s The Link in Rosebank, and a few hours later, I felt as though I knew Thembi like never before.
She brought along her CAF African Women’s Player of the Year Award, her Momentum gsport Award and her 2019 Feather Award’s Sports Personality of the Year trophy. We showcased it during the interview. It was an amazing chat – interview link!
Afterwards, we carried her trophies and walked off to the Mythos where we enjoyed a lovely lunch as we reflected on the day and looked ahead to 2020.
Everyone who walked past, stared at our table. I wonder if they realised we were sitting with a superstar.
At 23, Thembi Kgatlana has already achieved great things and the best is yet to come from this ever-consistent performer.
Video Caption: gsport Editor Kass Naidoo sat down with international soccer star Thembi Kgatlana at WeWork’s The Link in Rosebank late in October, and the two delved into the youthful origins of her promise to earn personal accomplishment. Video: gsport
Photo 1 Caption: It’s been a vision wall year for Kgatlana, who scored the first FIFA World Cup goal by a South African against Spain in France, signed with China Super League pro team Beijing BG Phoenix F.C., and has reaped rewards of consistent performance for more than a decade that earned her the opportunity to grab these vaunted accolades. Photo: gsport
Photo 2 Caption: One of South Africa’s most accomplished international footballers, Kgatlana knows the hard road of endurance to international fame intimately. She is pictured in training in her community hall in Randfontein in the professional off-season. Photo: gsport
Photo 3 Caption: The 2019 Momentum gsport Athlete of the Year Kgatlana smiles after the interview with (from left) gsport’s Naidoo, American Masters candidate in Journalism and Media Studies at Wits University, Caitlin Lesczynski, and gsport intern Valencia Seshoene. Photo: gsport
Photo 4 Caption: For Kgatlana, sweat is earned, and for someone who measures herself against herself, every opportunity to work is another chance to improve. Photo: gsport