Banyana Banyana are already in New Zealand, one of the host nations for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The South African pride are going into this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup as African Champions, having won the WAFCON in Morocco, beating the host nation in the final.
The South African ladies are going to make their second appearance in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, having made their debut four years ago in France. Over the years there have been talented players with scoring abilities donned the national jersey, who can forget Portia Modise’s halfway line sensational goal against Sweden in the 2012 Olympics in London.
Let’s take a look at Banyana Banyana’s top 5 goal scorers of all time:
5: Sanah Mollo (21 Goals)
Sanah Mollo was born in the Free State, she made her debut for Banyana Banyana in 2006 in a match against Senegal. She was part of the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics squad and the team that was runners-up at the 2012 African Women’s Championship. Sanah Mollo holds a marketing degree from the University of the Free State, she works full-time in customer management.
4: Thembi Kgatlana (22 Goals)
Thembi Kgatlana is one of Banyana Banyana’s key players going into the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Mohlakeng-born plays for NWSL club Racing Louisville in Kentucky and has made her mark in European football. The 2018 WAFCON best player has played for Houston Dash (United States), Beijing BG Phoenix F.C (China), SL Benfica (Portugal), SD Eibar (Spain), and currently plays in the United States for NWSL club Racing Louisville.
3: Amanda Dlamini (24 Goals)
Amanda Dlamini was the top goalscorer of the 2008 Sasol Women’s League, she made her debut for the senior national team in 2007 in a 5–0 loss against Nigeria in an Olympic qualifier. She scored her first international goal against Netherlands. She became the fifth female football player to win 100 caps for South Africa in a friendly match against the United States in July 2016. Post her playing day, she is now a soccer analyst at Supersport.
2: Noko Matlou (64 Goals)
The Banyana Banyana Veteran has represented the South African women’s national team both as a striker and a defender, hence she made the list with 64 goals at number two spot. With her vast experience and accolades, she is one of the key players for Banyana Banyana in this year’s FIFA World Cup edition. Matlou became the first South African to be named African Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2008.
1: Portia Modise (101 Goals)
Portia Modise retired in 2015, having made her debut in 2000. She scored her first goal against Zimbabwe in the 2000 Women’s African Football Championship. She became the first African player to score 100 international goals. In 2005, Modise was one of two African footballers, alongside Perpetua Nkwocha to be nominated for the Women’s FIFA World Player of the Year, which was won by Birgit Prinz.