History Making FIFA Goal Changes Kgatlana’s Life

by | Jun 8, 2020

Today, 8 June, marks a year since Banyana Banyana international striker, Thembi Kgatlana, wrote herself into history books at South Africa’s first-ever appearance at a FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

The then reigning African Women’s Player of the Year scored a beauty to open the scoring against Spain in Le Havre and will forever be known as being the player to score South Africa’s first goal at the tournament.

The team suffered a 3-1 defeat to Spain but Kgatlana’s famous goal broke the internet and today again, social media went abuzz as memories of that spectacular moment for South African women’s football flooded in.


For Kgatlana, scoring the goal propelled her football career to new heights, and she reaped the accolades that followed.

She was named the Momentum Athlete of the Year at the 2019 Momentum gsport Awards, beating off stiff competition from Caster Semenya and Gerda Steyn.

Kgatlana continued to pile on the plaudits when the star was honoured at the annual Feather Awards ceremony where she was named the Sports Personality of the Year.

She also caught the attention of the SA Sport Awards judges when she was nominated for the People’s Choice award, which was eventually won by international swimming star, Tatjana Schoenmaker.

And, it did not stop there, she managed to score another CAF nomination, narrowly losing out to Nigerian forward, Asisat Oshoala.

In January 2020, Kgatlana’s star rose again as she signed a major deal with Portuguese-based club, SL Benfica, where she is becoming a household name.

Alongside her personal achievements on the field, she is also giving back through her Thembi Kgatlana Foundation and launched her first-ever all women football tournament.


Photo 1 Caption: Banyana Banyana international footballer, Thembi Kgatlana’s football career has taken a positive turn since her history making goal during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. Photo: Banyana Banyana (Twitter)

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