Katlego Mabuza has had a successful season, both with the University of Johannesburg in the Varsity Women’s Football tournament and as part of the U20 national team.
Most recently the midfielder made her mark in the Varsity Sports tournament, where she scored twice in their semifinal match against University of Cape Town.
She opened the scoring and again put the ball in the back of the net later in the match, helping the Johannesburg team on their way to a 4-0 victory and a spot in the last round. This, she said, was her highlight of the tournament.
They went down to three-time defending champions Tshwane University of Technology, but Mabuza was satisfied with her performance, saying she had left everything on the field.
She was out of two of the group matches, against North-West University and University of the Western Cape, due to shin splints but said he had come back for the final two rounds prepared to give her all, which she did.
In addition to the Varsity Football tournament, she was part of the national team who defeated both Swaziland and Namibia 5-0, before again defeating Namibia 4-0 on Sunday.
Mabuza received her call up for the squad earlier this year and said the year had been one filled with valuable lessons.
The 19-year-old said her success throughout the year had shown her how important it was to remain grounded and patient as a player.
“It’s important to stay humble and keep doing what you love, but also to realise that not everything is going to go your way.”
The young star, who started playing football as an eight-year-old in Soweto, said her short-term goal was to help the national team qualify for the World Cup.
From there she said the end goal would be to sign a professional contract and hopefully play overseas.