Born and raised in Limpopo, Nomvula Kgoale is the new Banyana Banyana player to join the University of the Western Cape’s ladies soccer team, aka UWC Ladies’ FC.
She joins three other Banyana Banyana members at UWC namely Vuyo Mkhabela, Rachel Sebati and Leandra Smeda, and her arrival has strengthened the University side this season.
“It feels great, like a dream come true – I always wanted to play for the UWC ladies’ team” says Kgoale.
The midfielder who started playing soccer in 2004 previously attended TuksSport High School in Pretoria where she had the opportunity to enhance both her soccer and academic skills.
Kgoale, who first played for the Under-17 women’s national team, was chosen by former Banyana Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza to form part of the Banyana Banyana team after she impressed him at the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago.
Asked what it feels like to form part of the country’s senior national team, Kgoale answered, “It is just a bonus to what I have always wanted. I never imagined myself playing for the team but I feel that I am part of it because I was meant to be.
“Having to also be coached by the newly-appointed coach from the Netherlands, Vera Pauw, is a privilege. I love representing my country because the kit, flag and the people watching our games always remind me to not forget that I am not playing for myself – but that I am playing for everyone who contributed to allowing this country to compete with other nations”.
The first-year BCom Law student admits that it is very difficult to balance her soccer career and her studies, but she tries to do her best. Kgoale’s goal is to be successful in her studies and to play in any league abroad one day.