VIDEO: On Her Birthday - Thembi Kgatlana's iconic World Cup goal

VIDEO: On Her Birthday - Thembi Kgatlana's iconic World Cup goal
Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa during the 2019 FIFA Womens World Cup match between South Africa and China on the 13 June 2019 in Parc des Princess, Paris , France Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

by Bertin Basson

Sunday May 02, 2021. 11:00

On the day of her 25th birthday, we look back at Thembi Kgatlana’s iconic FIFA Women’s World Cup goal.


The Banyana Banyana forward remains the only South African women to score a World Cup goal, following her strike at the 2019 showpiece in France.


Kgatlana fired South Africa to a first World Cup appearance with five goals at the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations.


She then followed that up with the opener in Banyana Banyana’s eventual 3-1 loss to Spain in Le Havre.


The tournament itself proved a baptism of fire for the South African women with a 1-0 loss to China followed by a 4-0 defeat to Germany in their final Group B fixture.


Watch Kgatlana’s incredible strike at the world showpiece, here:








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