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Student-footballers fly SA flag high in USA

It was a dream come true for two talented UWC footballers when they were selected to pursue both their football and academic careers in the United States.

In February this year, prolific striker, Jermaine Seoposenwe, began her four-year scholarship at Samford University in Alabama, where she will continue her undergraduate business studies. Seoposenwe will also play football (or soccer, as they know it in the US) for the Samford Bulldogs in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Also in the US for a long stay is goalkeeper Kaylin Swart, who in March started her own four-year scholarship at the AIB College of Business in Des Moines, working on a degree in sport and event management.

Both students are members of the national women’s team, Banyana Banyana, and were pivotal in the UWC Ladies’ Football Club’s successful 2013 season, in which the team won two titles.

Before leaving for the US, Swart said that 2013 had been a tough year, as she had to balance football with studies. But this has prepared her well for what lies ahead.

“I’m very excited about the move to the US. It will be a new challenge and I hope everything works out for me,” she said from her Port Elizabeth home.

Seoposenwe's father, Jeffrey Seoposenwe, expressed his family’s excitement about their daughter’s move.

“I would like to wish her well and hope she becomes an inspiration to other players. Let me also take this opportunity to thank SAFA for giving her the chance to play in the national team, thus giving her exposure to the world.”

The two footballers join three more Banyana Banyana players in the US: Roxanne Barker, Kylie-Ann Louw and Robyn Moodaly already play for different clubs there.