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Thembi Kgatlana: Banyana Banyana star signs for Atletico Madrid

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The 25-year-old striker has changed clubs in Spain and will now play for the European giants

International Banyana Banyama Thembi Kgatlana has changed clubs in Spain by signing for Atletico Madrid.

The 25-year-old, who impressed last season playing for SD Eibar, has now been unveiled as an Atletico player, with a contract that runs until 2024.

“Thembi Kgatlana [May 2, 1995, South Africa] is a new Atletico Madrid player [with a contract] until 2024 ”, confirmed the club on their official site.

“The South African player, international for her country, arrives to reinforce the attack of Rojiblanco.

“The 25-year-old South African is one of the most promising players in South African football, having been named the best African player in 2018.”

The statement continued, “Trained at the University of the Western Cape, in 2018 she traveled to the United States to join the ranks of Houston Dash, a team she remained in for a season until she ‘she signs for Beijing BG Phoenix and later for Benfica.

“In 2020, she made the leap into the Spanish league by joining the SD Eibar team, the team from which she came.”

Speaking after sealing the transfer, Kgatlana said: “I am very happy to arrive at Atletico Madrid. As a footballer you always dream of playing for the best clubs.

“My first goal is to be a team player and to work hard for the team. I am very happy to be able to join you soon, I look forward to meeting you all. ”

Kgatlana signed for SL Benfica from Beijing Phoenix in the summer of 2020, after a season in the Chinese Women’s Super League, where she managed to score nine times.

Although she failed to land the silverware during her time in the Chinese capital, her individual contributions have propelled Beijing to a mid-table spot in the 2019 season.


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